The debut album from Semaphore is an interesting look at Softcore experimentation. Make is music-minimalism as it should be. Now, that's not to say there aren't some clinkers along the way, but overall, even the less aggressive songs like "push" show their creative spirit. And songs like "Childhood Revisited" are simply marvelous.
If you are looking for something to rock your world, you are in the wrong place. Kirby Clements , who basically does all the composing, recording, and engineering, uses sounds to paint pictures, and no one will ever accuse these of being Moving Pictures. "Gel" and "Wetumpka Seathes" are perfect examples of where simple rhythm, background, and groove (no lead instruments or vocals with this band) can sound completely different, yet have a common theme at the same time.
If one negative does come through, it is the length of this CD. If you are going to delve into minimalism, 13 songs are too many in a row to do that. The mysticism and aura get broken about midway through. Still, as a first release Semaphore should be very proud of the songs on Make. Next hopefully will be a solid CD that holds together from beginning to end.
1. Slipping South
2. Childhood Revisited
6. Wetumpka Seathes
9. Saw It
10. Death To Me