Album review: Explosions in the Sky, “The Wilderness”

by Jon E. Lynch

Explosions in the Sky, “The Wilderness”

Available: April 1 via Temporary Residence Limited as a download, CD, 2xLP, and a limited run of transparent red and opaque maroon (double) vinyl.

You’ve heard this band. You may not be able to place precisely where you’ve heard them, but you’ve heard them. They’ve had tracks featured in countless television programs, commercials, feature films, adventure films and documentaries. Explosions in the Sky make rock music. They prefer you not refer to the music they make as post-rock, and they prefer to not be called a post-rock band. Their particular brand of rock music is primarily instrumental. It is often grandiose and dense with inherent orchestral and cinematic qualities.

“The Wilderness” is the first proper full-length studio album since 2011’s “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care” and was well-worth the wait. After 17 years as a band, the Austin, Texas-based quartet has honed the craft of building a song to a pulverizing crescendo, with acute attention to quiet-loud-quiet dynamics. Many have attempted to mimic Explosion in the Sky’s approach, but few compare. “The Wilderness” is a testament to that.

Highly recommended for fans of instrumental (don’t call it post-) rock and artists such as Mogwai, This Will Destroy You, Russian Circles, El Ten Eleven or Slint

Jon E. Lynch[email protected]


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