31 May 2011
listen: take care, take care, take care
This record demands to be turned up to full notch, whilst you lie back at gaze at galaxies far and near.
Formed over a decade ago in Texas, Explosions in the Sky make monumental guitar driven instrumentals and in many ways have come to define the post-rock sound – a genre that is fundamentally defined by the use of guitars to create textures and layers, rather than relying on traditional riffs and/or chord structures.
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is the band’s sixth album, and their first in four years. It finds them in fine condition: stripping things right back to their core twin guitars, bass and drum, and in many ways is simply an extension of their previous work.
So while critics might have a field day with the perceived lack of progression making this album all too predictable, one could also argue that why would anyone want to change a philosophy that drives a sound as gloriously ambitious as this?
It’s almost best to treat the album as one complete piece of work – although there are six tracks, the ebb and flow between each other is almost seamless, creating forty five minutes of breathless peaks and crescendos.
As a result, it does seem almost pointless to pick out one track, but the epic Postcard from 1952 is definitely a great place to start for the uninitiated.
They are probably one of the most aptly named bands on the planet. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is a record that demands to be turned up to eleven, while you lie back, stare up at the stars and take in the glory and enormity of galaxies both near and far.