Explosions In The Sky Explosions In The SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care
Knowing that they could never leave behind a visual, aesthetic and emotional imagery, in which instrumental post-rock is mixed with American football games, sentimental relations between adolescents and post-adolescents, sports psychology applied to daily life and home psychology applied to sports and names that are now immortal to many –Coach Taylor, Riggins, Saracen, Landry…–, Explosions In The Sky have been running forward for two records now, trying to modify their sound without betraying themselves and their methods. “Friday Night Lights” has brought them fame and notoriety beyond the indie world, but it has also placed them in a very specific frame, and getting out of it isn’t easy at all. They keep trying though, and here’s another piece of evidence: “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care”, probably their most experimental and adventurous piece to date.
The band remain true to themselves, granted. Long and ample unfoldings, use and abuse of spiralling guitar solos, drum rolls and a conscious and frontal search of epic and monumental emotions. The difference lies in the way they do it. While before their formula was defined by a very primitive and rudimentary summary of electric charges and calmer moments, now their solutions are more complex and elaborated. Their explosions are no longer based on the systole-diastole process but the intensity and crescendos are much more narrative, developed and continued. This idea leads to two conclusions: the first is that their sound is not so predictable and schematic anymore, mostly because we no longer hear the typical programmed bursts and the crescendo is progressive; the second is that the band has learned to use other instrumental and expressive resources to breathe and expand.
With all these novelties and variations, Explosions In The Sky have managed to deliver one of their best records to date, maybe less memorable from a strictly superficial and visceral viewpoint – “All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone”, for example, went very deep–, but it is when you consider that this is a band with their ambitions satisfied. An album of growth and evolution, “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care” doesn’t seem to be the band’s definitive recording, but it is the one that can allow and hold hope that that record isn’t far off. Their future, bright and shiny today, starts with these songs.
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