You, You're a History in Rust
, the fifth studio album from Canadian instrumental experimentalists Do Make Say Think,
opens with a sparse conversation between drums and piano, as if signaling the morning and calling the rest of the band to rise from its slumber. Gentle horns and woodwinds follow and slowly rise like they're following the dawn. Once everyone seems to be in place, a light finger-picked acoustic guitar introduces the first theme of the meandering, seven-minute "Bound to be That Way." As on Do Make Say Think's previous albums, Rust
features dual drum kits, which focus on melody as much as any of the traditionally tonal instruments. But the album also incorporates more well-thought-out arrangements, along with sparse vocal passages (courtesy of Akron/Family and Alex Lukashevsky), which shows that Do Make Say Think is not interested in resting on its laurels even if said laurels have always been cinematic, complex and unexpected.