Stubborn Persistent Illusions by Do Make Say ThinkRelease date: May 19, 2017
Label: Constellation Records
Its been eight years since Do Make Say Think put out their last record, and whatever they did throughout that time has certainly benefited with their release of Stubborn Persistent Illusions. On previous DSMT records, we’re used to hearing a lengthy intro, a fade in, or chords cornered with ambience. By the first minute of Illusions, the full band showcases their aggressive side, yet still maintaining their infectious melody-driven concept.
“Bound,” and its successor track, “And Boundless,” showcase the band’s experience, maturity and post-rock perfection of structuring a 12-minute gem. Twinkling guitars to beefy drums bounce back and forth yet stay intact with a satisfying ‘chorus,’ where the bass and slide guitar are in perfect symmetry.
“Her Eyes On The Horizon” marks the bands growth in regards to transitions within a track. From a room-recorded, noodling guitar segment, to a seductive orchestral realm, to a 3-minute build up and release that feels so necessary, “Horizon” weaves these various ideas with not a breath of hesitance, but of utter confidence, which is exemplified by multi-instrumentalist Charles Spearin’s bass brilliance.
As shown in the final track, “Return, Return Again,” DMST builds on one idea while keeping the listener fully engaged. An almost math-rock guitar line sits, with subtle change, for the first half of the 8-minute track. The idea is monotonous, yet the jazz-driven drums and impressive note selections of the secondary guitar and bass make it anything but. It demands attention and leaves the listener with a smile.
With their seventh release, it’s tough to imagine a band being able to create something new. Illusions feels like the band has taken a bit of everything from their previous releases, learned what worked, and pushed it one step further. Everyone will have their favorite record for their own reason, whether it’s nostalgia, inspiration, or a more structured concept. Going into their third decade of working together, regardless of favorites, this could be Do Make Say Think’s best album.
This is beauty in a way so few bands are able to create.
This is Stubborn Persistent Illusions.
This is the album of the year.