While post-rock straddles the borders of public appeal there’s no doubting the undeniable power of the genre when it’s executed correctly. The likes of Explosions in the Sky, Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor can summon fragmented works of genius just as easily as they can frolic about aimlessly on the spot. There are occasions when it all goes right, however, namely on ‘Earth is Not A Cold Dead Place’, ‘Ten Rapid’, ‘Storm’ and Do Make Say Think’s epic ‘Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn’. The latter is an unheralded classic from the peerless Canadian label Constellation Records. How this Toronto band contrived to rise so majestically from the admirable ashes of their previous efforts is one to debate at a later date. The album is awash with boundless guitar forays, looping rhythms and ever changing kaleidoscopes of sound. ‘Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!’ is possibly the way you’ll feel after the slopes and valleys of this nugget. The gentleness of the acoustic opening is only slightly tempered by racing car like reversing guitars. Then the percussion goes askew and the keyboards run out of batteries as if the backside is about to fall out of the tune. As is the norm with its neighbours on the album, however, there are close encounters of the chord kind at hand to iron out the seemingly endless list of anomalies. If you’d like to host a non-destructive tornado in your head for 6 minutes, hear you go. KD
Do Make Say Think – Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!