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A New Direction...
on 12 February 2007
Being a fan of DMST for several years, I've seen the subtle changes in their style. The transition to bare-bones jazzy rock, back to electronic/production driven modal passages is clear. It is here, however, that DMST use the largest range of actual instruments and, for the first time, vocals. This albums is definately not what I was expecting; shorter, sometimes acoustic passages, less electronica, more prominent drums. Pop "sensibilities" are definately more abundant.
This feels quite experimental at times. Personally, the use of vocals should have been avoided. Sadly, the song they appear on "A With Living", is musically boring also. Where "Soul & Onward" used vocals as a backing sound, here, the voice is neither complementary to the music, nor distinguishable. However, in songs such as "A Tender History In Rust" and "In Mind", where acoustic, more melodic guitar passages are used, DMST show their star still shines. This blend of acoustic surf riffs and jazzy drums attones for the, rather bleak, start to the album. If you're a fan, get it. You can make up your own mind on whether the changes have taken positive effect. If you're new to them; try "& Yet & Yet" or "Goodbye Enemy Airship, The Landlord Is Dead", first.