Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place -2003 Post Rock 2LP

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Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

Label: Temporary Residence Limited
TRR 61
Format: Vinyl, 2LP
Vinyl, 2LP, Single Sided, Etched
has pic inner sleeves
Comes in a standard single sleeve.
The 2nd record is one-sided; it has an etching on the other side with birds and the sentence, "The Earth is not a cold dead place because you are listening, because you are breathing."

All Media, Album, Repress
Country: US
Released: 04 Nov 2003
Genre: Rock
Style: Post Rock


A1 First Breath After Coma 9:33
A2 The Only Moment We Were Alone 10:14

B1 Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean 8:43
B2 Memorial 8:50

C Your Hand In Mine 8:17

Artwork – Esteban Rey
Music By – Christopher Hrasky, Mark T Smith, Michael James, Munaf Rayani
Recorded By – John Congleton

Recorded June 2003 in Texas, USA.

Pressed at United Record Pressing, Nashville.

Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Handwritten, Side A): TRR61-A ⓤ
Matrix / Runout (Handwritten, Side B): TRR61-B
Matrix / Runout (Handwritten, Side C): TRR61-C ⓤ

I feel my title for this review is very appropriate, but do not infer an incorrect suggestion. This is nothing like the asinine, cheesy music put out by new age artists who claim the ability to put its listeners into divine states of love and affection with sappy, pretentious synth pianos and ocean sounds.

This is truly beautiful. Explosions in the Sky is a four-piece (two guitars, bass, and drums) that gets lumped into the post-rock category, but they dramatically surpass the standards generally set for the idiom. They do the episodic build-build-build-climax-repeat formula like, say, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but this music achieves something very different. The music is sparse and minimal with a genuine emotive power.

The sparseness is present in the textural thinness (only four instrumentalists, remember), with guitars generally playing starry arpeggios with an empathetic rhythmic backing. With so much breathing room, the music fills the pockets of space left by bare instrumentation with simple emotional resonance that might not have prevailed with denser arrangements. The music is minimal not because it is in repetitive stasis, but because the song construction focuses on a collegial series of sounds development rather than linear evolutions.

Explosions in the Sky's first album was bleak with a glimmer of hope. Here, everything is brushed away and the beauty is fully exposed. Rather than describe each piece, I will just say that the music here evokes lovely images: spending time by the sea with a special someone, the earth in bloom, looking to the nighttime sky full of stars through a branchy canopy of trees, love & friendship, rebirth, etc. Just look at the song titles -- they have very fitting names.

Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

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Explosions in the Sky - First Breath After Coma

Music is emotion. It expresses it and it evokes it. We will all come to love and experience all kinds of music as we change and feel.

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Explosions In The Sky - The Only Moment We Were Alone

from about 7:44 to about 9:27 is pretty much the most intense crescendo ever

Explosions in the Sky is an experience, there is literally nothing that compares. I love post-rock and all, don't get me wrong, but no one comes even close to their ability to convey an idea and a feeling through the power of atmospheric music.

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More Information
Condition New
Format 2LP
Label Temporary Residence Limited
Color Black