Release Date: 2002, March 18
Definitely the first DMST album I really sunk my teeth into. This and Goodbye Enemy Airship… remain my favorite of all their albums. But each record by these folks is pretty much magic. & Yet & Yet is not an immediate listen, but this is what makes it great. It’s the sort of album that rewards you with repeated listens. It’s kind of the band’s downtempo jazz album except that they throw in some really great twists and turns or these really amazing textural shifts. “End of Music” is a positively sublime track that starts out as a slow head-bobber until it builds to it’s climactic surge which propels it into the stratosphere. “Reitschule” accomplishes a similar feat with it’s mellow beginnings and bursts of controlled energy. The album then sends you floating away with the bubbling beauty of “Anything For Now.” Not a band, or specifically a record, you listen casually in my opinion - rather you experience DMST. & Yet & Yet is a perfect soundtrack for those moments in life that are not so cheaply described. It perfectly narrates these moments with no vocal assistance needed. The art for this album kinda operates on the same level. There’s nothing iconic about it or even terribly eye-catching. But it seems perfectly suited for the music within - you can kind of take it at face value, but if you look long enough you may find much more going on.
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