If you’ve never heard Explosions in the Sky, then you’re in for a sonic treat and an aural, cinematic experience worthy of the band’s chosen name. This instrumental band boasts enviable musical chops and a freeform approach to their albums and music (most albums consist of 5-7 songs around 5-10 minutes long) that has endured for over a decade. It’s that same endurance and steadfast commitment to the formula of no vocals, layered guitars, pulsating drums, a bit of bass, well-placed crescendoes, and spare moments in between that makes the band’s latest release, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, out April 26, a worthwhile listen.
One of the beautiful things about this Austin-based four-piece’s newest album, or really any previous album, is that a listener can start anywhere in their catalog. A true DIY, indie band, Explosions in the Sky have been playing and recording music since 1999, and they’ve eschewed any indulgences to follow a trend or depart from their sweet spot. Thematically, their music is ambiguous, and this is part of the pleasure for the listener; however, the album titles never lack in creativity and directness: All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone; The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place, etc.
While their sounds are disparate, there is a kinship to other bands launched out of the “live music capitol of the world,” eg, Mars Volta and And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – all follow an uninhibited style and song structure, and artsy, thunderous sounds at times.
The result is refreshing.