#974: ‘A Tender History In Rust’ – Do Make Say Think

In about 2008 and 2009, I began pretty much infatuated with post-rock. For those unfamiliar with the term, post-rock can basically be described as using typically ‘rock’ instruments to make music not usually associated with the genre. While many may classify the genre as something similar to ‘soundtrack music’, its less confronting nature has seen its popularity grow greatly over the last few decades.

When I first discovered Sigur Rós around this time, I figured this one lone band wasn’t enough for me, and that I needed more of this music in my life. After months of listening to groups such as Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, I decided to track down some of the lesser known groups. One of these groups that I discovered was Canada’s Do Make Say Think. I can’t recall what attracted me to their music, but their prominent use of the bass guitar was certainly something that made me decide to delve into their music.

Admittedly, when I first started listening to them, I didn’t love them that much. While I appreciated their music, they didn’t really have any ‘hits’, if you will. Their music seemed almost too post-rock, if that is possible. But regardless, I kept a lot of their tracks on my chill-out playlist, and would listen to them from time to time. Frequently, I would listen to that same playlist while I would be attempting to sleep, usually leaving it playing overnight. One particular evening, whilst in the midst of a particularly fitful sleep, I woke up and just kept listening to the music that was playing. Eventually, Do Make Say Think’s ‘A Tender History In Rust’ began to play, and I finally felt as though I understood the song.

The track begins with a solid 90 second of strange, instrumental noises while slowly merge into a gorgeous guitar-driven melody. As it continues, it incorporates further pieces of odd percussion, whistling, intriguing almost-singing, all whilst maintaining a relatively laidback approach to music composition. The song won’t win any awards for being the most palatable and ‘normal’ song, but in my mind, it remains as one of the most peaceful and calming tracks that I’ve had the pleasure of discovering.

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