Since their formation in the mid-1990s, Toronto outfit Do Make Say Think can claim to be part of the original Canadian post-rock scene which has given rise to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am and - more recently - Broken Social Scene, with whom many of these band members have guested in recent years. 'You, You're A History In Rust' is Do Make Say Think's fifth album and seems to run the full gamut of post-rock styles from quiet acoustic instrumentals to loud, portentous guitar assaults
'Bound To Be That Way' borrows from the early jazzy post-rock roots that were the hallmark of late-period Talk Talk and Bark Psychosis; featuring an excellent sense of space and timing and a simple but compelling melody. A little disappointingly - and probably because it would be difficult to maintain this superb start - no other track on the record can quite match it. 'A With Living' comes closest largely because of the way the first track segues into it; nevertheless its wary vocal and distinct tune means it works on its own merits too. After that it's a meandering trip though the loud (the stop-start guitar assault of 'The Universe!') to the gentle (the acoustic and quite pretty 'A Tender History In Rust') yet only the doleful 'Herstory Of Glory' lasts long in the memory after that. That said, it's a varied journey and one where the detours are usually worth investigating.