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ALL OF A SUDDEN I MISS EVERYONE

Explosions In The Sky

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.60 | 109 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Post rock progression

Explosions in the Sky's fourth studio album see them continuing to produce quality post rock, while introducing a limited degree of diversity into their sound. Unfortunately, neither the album not the band's website offers anything by way of credits, so it is be difficult to pinpoint all the enhancements.

The introduction to the album is in the form of an ethereal guitar fanfare which announces "The birth and death of the day" (the titles are much shorter this time!). The track consists of the usual building guitar driven sound, but with some effective quieter passages. We also have slightly more melodic guitar passages duelling with the more familiar chords. The remix version is notable as it has choral type vocals towards the conclusion.

"Welcome ghosts" is a natural continuation of the opening track, but it is the remix version which is of greater interest. This has xylophone like chimes, together with atmospheric organ and what appears to be humming. This version is surprisingly delicate, devoid of the phonetic drumming which is a predictable feature of the album version.

One notable feature of this album is the presence of just one track over 8 minutes, the 13 minute "It's natural to be afraid". This sets out with some spacey, indeed ambient sounds which build through quasi-symphonic sounds before the heavy drum beat steers the piece towards more familiar territory. As a whole though, the track is surprisingly understated.

"What do you have to go home to" is another delicate piece, with an unusual (for EITS) piano basis. "Catastrophe and the cure" on the other hand finds the band retreating into more familiar territory, although the pace of the track is much more urgent than we are used to. They almost rock here. Piano returns to add colour to the otherwise standard fare of the final track "So long, lonesome".

In all, an album which sees EITS turning in a collection which is faithful to their previous product, while introducing some developments in their style and sound.

The limited edition version of the album comes with a second disc of remixes of each of the tracks. Some of these are lengthened while others such as "It's natural to be afraid" are significantly edited. The remixes offer interesting alternatives to the original versions, making the limited edition set the one to go for in preference. By the way, the remix disc is the one with the torch, not the candle (there is nothing else to distinguish between them).

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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