I was expecting a return to this for the band’s newest album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, but when the snare sound kicked in for the album’s first piece, “Last Known Surroundings,” less obscured by embellishment—clean—I kept listening. (Just a note: That snare sound had me online to see if Steve Albini had worked on this album. If you’ve heard Nirvana’s In Utero, Pixies’ Surfer Rosa or PJ Harvey’s Rid Of Me, you’ll recognize the similarity. Albini did not produce this album, though. Gratuitous observation.) With that little omission of polish, it’s easier to understand Explosions In The Sky in terms of song craft. Their chords still drift into space; keys fade into the ether. But, I feel anchored listening to this and not so liable to float away myself.
Better still, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care grows more interesting as the album plays. Though “Last Known Surroundings” and the grand pulsating gesture of “Human Qualities” carry on familiarly, “Trembling Hands” goes sort of dance punk, snare couplets and rolls accompanied by plucked chords and choral sections. Even better is “Be Comfortable, Creature,” which shuffles percussively while dueling, cherubic guitar swashes float through the air. It’s the most spare I’ve heard this band, and it actually demonstrates the positives of reduction, or editing. The song does eventually revert back to sonic walls of ethereal shock, but those moments don’t detract from the overall song.
“Postcard In 1952” also keeps to a level of minimalism before reveling in the soft and sonic debris. “Let Me Back In” closes the album out in a nice array of string play before the band glides into volume and then settles ultimately on drum taps and intermingling whales with light loops of sampled speech hanging out underneath.
Genre: Rock / Jazz-infused Post-rock
Label: Temporary Residence
Site: Related Link
Similar: Sigur Rós, Pelican,
- Last Known Surroundings — 8:22
- Human Qualities — 8:10
- Trembling Hands — 3:31
- Be Comfortable, Creature — 8:48
- Postcard From 1952 — 7:07
- Let Me Back In — 10:07
mogwai or god speed you black emperor would be more appropriate than pelican
I expected it to be the same but it isn't The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place part 2.