Posts Tagged ‘Explosions in the Sky’

This record was released to much fanfare and, sadly, mixed reviews a couple of months back by Temporary Residence.  I must admit I don’t absolutely love this record either, but one thing we can all agree on is the exquisite, lavish artwork and packaging for the vinyl version — ‘A Super Deluxe 2 x LP featuring stunning quadruple gatefold packaging with a massive fold-out poster, postcard, vinyl etching & free mp3 download.  See for yourself in the pics below

Four years is a long time to wait for a new EITS album, and we’ve pulled out all the stops to make it as worth the wait as possible. Aside from being a strong contender for their best album, it’s packaged in the most outrageously deluxe artwork we’ve dared since the Eluvium box set. Housed (literally, it’s a house) in a 10-panel quadruple gatefold cardboard jacket, with an enormous 18-panel full-color double-sided poster, and a full-color double-sided postcard – then all of that is tucked neatly inside of a full-color double-sided slipcase! The CD and vinyl versions are packaged identically, only differing in size. Both CD and vinyl come in THREE different artwork variants – the interiors of artwork are different colors. While supplies last, there are 3 different colored vinyl variants that match the corresponding colors of artwork. There’s also a killer engraving on Side D. Words can’t express how over-the-top beautiful this thing is, so soon enough we’ll have to make a video to show everybody. Trust us, it’s bananas.


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Reviews of Explosions in the Sky’s 6th LP (if you count ‘The Rescue’) have been wildly fluctuating.  The Skinny has this record pegged as a career-defining best, while The Organ claims that it’s an album that they will ‘probably never ever have the urge to ever go back to it when there’s so many other things we could pull down from the shelf and partake of’.  Drowned In Sound have chimed in too, inexplicably comparing it to strawberry ice cream, or something equally as stupid.

To be fair, the accompanying press notes don’t do any favours either mentioning body pecrussion and Japanese singing bowls, while claiming that the band have taken giant creative leaps with this record.  Which is quite ironic, given the fact Explosions have backed themselves into a corner with their inherently pretty, but one-dimensional instrumental sound, over the course of their career.  On ‘Take Care…’ this Texan quartet has, at least, come out fighting and are taking chances, rather than rehashing older ideas — which I found to be a problem on their last LP ‘All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone’.

‘Trembling Hands’ (available for free download) is their attempt at some sort of commercial single and it works for the most part, with its fast-paced staccato percussion, obscured but infectious vocals and driving guitars,  it’s certainly different from what’s gone on before.  ‘Be Comfortable, Creature’ is also alive with new ideas, with the band purposefully taking their time and letting the song breathe amidst some gorgeous guitar interplay between Munaf Rayani and Michael James.  ‘Human Qualities’, though, errs on the side of caution, sticking a lot more closely to their tried and tested sound, but adds some haunting, muted chants and electronics amongst the beautiful guitar parts and pitter-patter drums, before wasting such progress with one of those tiresome crescendo’s so typical of the instrumental music scene.  Likewise, closing number ‘Let Me Back In’ shows off some progressive moves and more excellent guitar work  before hitting yet another cul-de-sac of tired quiet/loud dynamics.

If  ‘Take Care… is your ‘ first time experiencing Explosions in the Sky, I would imagine this would be quite wonderful, but if you’ve grown up with them particularly during their classic ‘Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever’ and ‘The Earth Is Not A Cold Place’ periods, then this won’t sound all that much different.  It’s pleasing to see them taking chances, but that ‘giant creative leaps’ statement proves to be a false dawn, this is more a step in the right direction.

As a side note, the vinyl edition of ‘Take Care, Take Care, Take Care’ features some of the most fantastic packaging ideas I have yet come across. Order it here