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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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Easy Livin
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3 stars Going off quietly

"The rescue" was originally released as part of TRL label "Travels In Constants" subscription series, which has now sold out. Although it has never been made available on general release, "The rescue" can still be obtained at gigs by the band.

This is an 8 track mini-album recorded and released in 2005, and lasting around 33 minutes. The tracks were recorded at the rate of one per day resulting in the titles of "Day 1", "Day2", etc. Unlike their official releases, the songs here are largely the results of improvisations, with little or no composition being undertaken beforehand.

The results are actually not particularly different to their albums. Here the tracks are shorter, with less development, while being generally softer. The ambient nature of Explosions in the Sky's music comes to the fore to a greater extent, with plinky, repetitive sounds very much in evidence.

One of the major surprises of the EP is the use of vocalising on "Day 2". This makes for a very pleasant change from the rather monotone sound the band tend to rely upon. As a whole, there's certainly less of the heavy riffing so evident on "The earth is not.." and other releases. The emphasis here is on repeating ambient melodies, sometimes veering towards the new age end of the spectrum.

Some tracks work better than others. "Day 3" is just a little too laid back, while "Day 6" has more in the way of the crescendos which the band love so much.

The twin guitars of the band work well together throughout the album, but for me the drumming is at times just a little too enthusiastic and clichéd. In all, this is really one for the fans only, but if you do enjoy the music of the band make sure you pick this up next time you are at a gig by them.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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