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Explosions In The Sky - Travels in Constants (Vol. 21): The Rescue CD (album) cover


Explosions In The Sky


Post Rock/Math rock

2.89 | 30 ratings

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3 stars Pleasant music for a relaxed evening

That was the thought that occurred in my mind while listening to The Rescue. By no means is this a boring ''soft'' album, but it is very relaxed as far as prog is concerned. While I am not a great fan of the post/math rock genre, this EP is definitely worth a few spins. Bearing in mind that it is available for free download from the band's website, it makes the effort more attractive.

One can easily recognise the ''improvisation'' approach taken in this release. The tracks are solely instrumental and there is no specific structure whatsoever; there is always a basic idea, a basic melody on which the track evolves afterwards. The melodies are very pleasant but nothing sounds ground-breaking in this release. It brings to mind works from bands like The Smashing Pumpkins (especially Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness), Muse and most of all Sigur Ros. Slightly distorted and acoustic guitars, pianos and modest mid-tempo percussion constitute the sound of this EP. With the exception of Day 3 (indifferent to my ears), the rest of the tracks sound charming and flow well without any signs of complexity.

Overall, a decent release that definitely does not bring a revolution to the genre but is worth giving it a try. Particularly recommended for friends of Sigur Ros and related bands, this might be a good companion for a cold winter evening...

aapatsos | 3/5 |


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