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THE WILDERNESS

Explosions In The Sky

Post Rock/Math rock


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2.43 | 19 ratings | 2 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Wilderness (4:36)
2. The Ecstatics (3:12)
3. Tangle Formations (5:34)
4. Logic of a Dream (6:37)
5. Disintegration Anxiety (4:11)
6. Losing the Light (6:02)
7. Infinite Orbit (2:37)
8. Colors in Space (7:14)
9. Landing Cliffs (6:17)

Total Time 46:20

Line-up / Musicians

- Mark Smith / guitar
- Munaf Rayani / guitar
- Michael James / bass
- Christopher Hrasky / drums

With:
- Buffi Jacobs / cello
- George Dimitri / bass


Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Detail of Jacob Van Loon's "8th and Main"

CD Temporary Residence Limited ‎- TRR270 (2016, US)

2xLP Temporary Residence Limited ‎- TRR270 (2016, US)

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EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY The Wilderness ratings distribution


2.43
(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
11%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(11%)
11%
Good, but non-essential (44%)
44%
Collectors/fans only (28%)
28%
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)
6%

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY The Wilderness reviews


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Review by Neu!mann
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2 stars The celebrated Austin quartet spent the previous half-decade doing movie scores, and on their first stand-alone album since 2011 the group appears stuck in that same, soundtrack mindset. In place of the expected "cathartic mini-symphonies" (their own words) the new album collects a random assortment of shorter instrumentals, each one attractive in its own modest way but together not adding up to an impressive sum.

Every track might have been a leftover doodle from an unrealized film commission, buffed to a spotless high-gloss sheen but hardly developed beyond the level of an impeccable demo. My apologies for using the lowest adjective in a Proghead's critical arsenal, but the dreaded m-word applies here: "The Wilderness" is a very mainstream album, tailor-made for wider commercial appeal with its less challenging, easier-on-the-ears Post Rock aesthetic.

There's nothing wrong with taking the low road, for a change of scenery. But the means to that end required the band to downplay all the uncanny magic that made their earlier albums so compelling. The title track is a good example, presenting a not unpleasant techno variation of the classic EitS sound, more effects-driven than usual but still evocative, up to a point. Previously the music would have risen gradually to a heavenly crescendo, instead of ending suddenly on an unresolved fadeout, well before the five-minute mark.

No album by artists this sensitive or intelligent is going to be a complete sell-out. But it's certainly the band's weakest offering since "The Rescue" (2005): a shallow wade into lukewarm waters from a group more accustomed to the raptures of the deep.

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2 stars The new album from Explosions in the Sky is disappointing for a number of reasons. First of all, on this album they jettison the instrumentation that made them so unique (3 electric guitars/sometimes bass, and drums) and the intricate counterpoint of the guitarists playing repeated lines up the r ... (read more)

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