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 Doug (Treepeople, The Halo Benders), Brett Netson, and Ralf Youtz began to experiment. Their collaborative efforts lasted seasons and yielded dozens of hours of ADAT tape.
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.