Less than two weeks from the release of Post-Rock giants Explosions in the Sky's "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care" leaves a bit of unrelenting anxiety. To cope, Explosions in the Sky gave fans a free download of the single (if you can call it that) "Trembling Hands". So, you would probably think that four years since their last full-length ("All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone", 2007) would give the band time to prepare for an utterly infallible, perfect piece of Post-Rock artistry ever known to mankind, right? Well, you would have thought wrong. As pure as EITS's intentions may have been to give fans a free download teaser, that's just what it is; a teaser. "Trembling Hands" is the shortest-recorded track to ever be released by EITS. In other words, the gift is a tad half-assed; clocking in at only 3:31.
Nevertheless, "Trembling Hands" is still a solid track, and contains a much more upbeat tempo than most of their previous work. The delay and reverb are still in full effect. However, the track is not characterized by the guitar work, as in most of their tracks, but drummer Chris Hrasky is balls-to-the-wall on "Trembling Hands", beating to the death his snare, and high-hat, until the track eventually whithers to an end. While it's good to see the spotlight on another member, this is not the Explosions in the Sky fans have fallen in love with. Not to say they have to write another "Earth is Not a Cold, Dead Place", but when the atmosphere is jaded, rushed, and chaotic, rather than wistful, relaxing, and catatonic, it's not the signature EITS. We'll wait and see for the full-length, but this track is a bit of a let-down.
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