It’s been four years. A lot has happened since Post-Rock juggernauts Explosions in the Sky graciously decided to spoil us with their musical presence. We went through a stock market recession (still ongoing), the first black presidential inauguration (and basically the full-term), oil prices going from high to life-threateningly horrid, and well, we’re still in Iraq. Regardless, All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone was the last we heard of EITS. The heightened anticipation and anxiety is fulfilled with their latest full-length Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, for the most part.
Aside from an egregiously repetitive album title, all of the Explosions’ signature sounds are evident in Take Care; from the elongated minimalist symphonies of reverberated guitars, an unrelenting backbone within the rhythmic section that’s willing to sway with the sweeping guitar melodies, and a welcoming ability to branch away from melodic repetition with ever-changing time signatures, and varying arpeggios. As always, the ambience entices the listener into a realm of a cathartic atmosphere. “Last Known Surroundings” begins with a programmed beat that sounds like someone whispering in an alien-like language, then shifts begrudgingly into roughly played piano chords, and are blanketed with delay. Well, this is different. About 3:16 into the track, the melody is transitioned with an acoustic-guitar-picking, and shifts anew into a simple rhythm, and a delicate guitar-line. Classic Explosions indeed.
“Human Qualities” tears a page right out of their breakthrough and opus album The Earth is Not a Cold, Dead Place. The serene guitar whisks the listener, like the Magic Carpet takes Aladdin on a ride over the palace. As the Signature of The Earth was calm and peaceful, Take Care tries to restore some of the beauty once-created before. We’re once again reminded and brought back to post-rock paradise with “Postcard from 1952”. When Explosions is not trying too hard to venture out, and keep it relatively quaint, that is when the band is at its absolute finest. The simplicity of their sound is what makes them unique, and gives them a lucrative identity. However, with Take Care, this isn’t always the case. In “Trembling Hands”, the pace is so quick, that the listener doesn’t have the time to catch up, let alone enjoy the ride. Also, in “Be Comfortable, Creature”, towards the end, there’s a whining and unpleasant guitar tone that takes the lead. As we know, whining and unpleasant are the opposite of peaceful and serene.
Minus these couple missteps, Take Care is another signature Explosions in the Sky LP. For the most part, they achieve the fulfillment of anxiety in their listeners, longingly awaiting another work of art.
2. Human Qualities
3. Trembling Hands
4. Be Comfortable, Creature
5. Postcard From 1952
6. Let Me Back In
Explosions In The Sky is an American instrumental post-rock band, which formed in Austin, Texas in 1999. Munaf Rayani, Mark Smith, and Michael James had just moved to Austin from Midland, Texas, and drummer Chris Hrasky had just moved to Austin from Rockford, Illinois.... read more