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Explosions In The Sky


Post Rock/Math rock

3.91 | 197 ratings

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5 stars This is my first encounter with EITS, and if first impressions make lasting impressions, then I am impressed by this impression (LAWL). The world is not a cold dead place actually makes me believe that it's not, the album is very relaxing, and positive, contrary to most post rock, it's not dominated by melancholia, but by a sense of being victorious, and glory. Twin guitar guitar arpeggios dance with each other while a military-like snare roll usually compliments the atmosphere, but the album is not like this the whole way through, most of the songs start softer, dimmer, then slowly, but surely climax into heightened arpeggios and even distorted chords.

Like I said, most of the songs will start with a single guitar, playing a small series of notes (never chords), but after a while the second guitar will come in and play off that, usually in a minor key. The guitars bounce off each other like this for quite awhile, until the mood turns out to become very happy, then the drum come in, very non flashy, staring with a simple beat, then as the song climaxes, so does the drums, with snare rolls, faster fills, and gradually more complex beats. At the climax the bass is the only keeping the son from become a free-for-all of complexity, just sitting and playing the notes and keeping the rhythm, the anchor to an otherwise soaring craft. This is basically the trend of the album.

Absolutely beautiful. This is an album that started a movement, therefore is looked upon as a masterpiece, and rightly so! Two guitars, bass, and drums. That's it! Anyone looking into this music for technicality reasons, or does not have an open mind will be sorely disappointed. That being said, shame on anyone not going in with that state of mind. I dont care if it's all in the same key, same tempo, same tone. It's beautiful, it's imaginative, it's free, and simply put; it make me feel. No less than five stars.

Dim | 5/5 |


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