Take ‘Couver 5/31/16 – NEW EXPLOSIONS, Y’ALL!!!
Written by Spokane Andrew on June 2, 2016
YOU GUYS, Explosions in the Sky released a new album! And now that Spokane Andrew isn’t sick anymore, he’s able to geek out about it for your entertainment! Check out the album artwork:
This wonderful record marks a creative step forward for the band. Their work writing soundtracks to various films seems to have instilled a more definite sense of place in the quartet’s music. As I said in the podcast, The Wilderness may come across as less accessible than other Explosions in the Sky albums, due to its lack of emotional immediacy. Usually, you know what you’re going to get from this band: gorgeous guitar-and-drums instrumental noodling that eventually coalesces into a heart-wrenching climax that can be either utterly devastating or completely life-affirming, all depending on what the listener is bringing to the experience. The Wilderness doesn’t work that way. Instead, Explosions seem to have a created a specific place they want to take their audience. And while that might not be as easy to dive into, if you’re ready and willing to go along to that place, it’s incredibly rewarding. Plus, it’s remarkably well-crafted. New, subtle instrumentation abounds. It’s a delight to try and pick out the different sounds, and the mix is fantastic. All around, it’s probably their best album since The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place.
Otherwise, this week we focus on other popular post-rock bands. We have our Canadian friends in Do Make Say Think and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, our Icelandic compatriots Sigur Ros, and our homies in Caspian and Russian Circles. Not a bad set, even if I do say so myself.
We focused pretty heavily on post-rock songs that have a specific emotional goal in mind, but I think it’d be interesting to show the other side of the coin. It’s a more diverse genre than it’s often given credit for, so I think it’d be interesting to do a show featuring more impressionistic songs. Maybe we could play some of Explosions in the Sky’s more famous work, then shift into stuff from the likes of Mono, Mogwai, This Will Destroy You, etc. I guess there’s only one way to find out… http://bit.ly/267teyS
See y’all next week! Much love,