Built To Spill

You In Reverse

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When Built To Spill wanted to find out what their music sounded like, they locked themselves in Doug Martsch's garage. Without a tentative conclusion or even a hypothesis, the four members began to experiment. Their collaborative efforts lasted seasons and yielded dozens of hours of ADAT tape. The resulting album, "You In Reverse" documents the newest branch of Built To Spill's chaotic, yet elegant evolution. In the five years since the band's most recent effort, "Ancient Melodies Of The Future", Built To Spill took an eighteen-month vacation and returned to work by jamming and recording their hours-long music explorations. With a desire to retain the impromptu, organic feel of these jams, the group tried to capture loose and live moments resulting in a more natural sounding album. "You In Reverse" resonates with relationships, the way the band as a whole responds to music and to each other. The songs are haunting rather than catchy. Each musical thought is surprising and complete. Doug's lyrics hint at politics but could also be personal. As usual, the words lining the songs are neither directive nor dogmatic. Rational thoughts are constantly sacrificed to the metric and melodic needs of each song. No message blares forth and yet it's understood.

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