EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY - TAKE CARE, TAKE CARE, TAKE CARE

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY - TAKE CARE, TAKE CARE, TAKE CARE

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Released: 07/04/23

When it comes to expansive, crystalline instrumental rock, there are two bands that are light years above all others: Mogwai, obviously, and the Texan quartet Explosions in the Sky. But whereas their Glaswegian counterparts relish operating in the shadows, eliciting a feeling of ecstatic nihilism that seems to adhere completely to the poet Paul Valéry’s aphorism that “God made everything out of nothing. But the nothingness shows through,” EITS are the Apollonian obverse to Mogwai’s Dionysian reverse – all optimism and controlled focus. It's a life-affirming music that should be prescribed to prospective job candidates in order to sharpen mental acuity and boost confidence for interviews; a sublime soundtrack for sublime feats of physical endurance, like running an ultramarathon, or scaling K2 (not for nothing did they provide music for soundtrack to the epic 2004 high-school American Football film Friday Night Lights). For those yet to hear the full majesty of EITS, the reissue of fifth album, 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, is a perfect place to start, capturing as it does the band at the full height of their considerable powers.