Explosions in the Sky | Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Temporary Residence Limited (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  April 27, 2011
3.5 3.5 Stars

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Led Zep's Robert Plant once philosophized, "If it keeps on rainin', the levee is going to break." In their sturdy 12-year career as instrumental post-rock titans, Explosions in the Sky have broken a shitload of levees — and hearts — with their expansive sonic boom. With "Last Known Surroundings," the opening jam from their awesome fourth studio album, this Austin quartet begin from an unusual starting place: upbeat indie rock, outfitted with handclaps and acoustic fingerpicking. But when the guitar pyrotechnics kick in at around the three-minute mark, they activate the band's trademark emotive launch sequence: 3/4 time, oceanic reverb, mega-enveloping six-strings bouncing counter-rhythmic melodic fragments around like ping-pong balls. "Human Qualities" is representative of Explosion in the Sky's colorful reinvention: a heartbeat kick drum keeps time, a distant orchestra scratches electricity. A mournful bass consoles itself; guitar harmonies soar alongside wordless backing vocal coos. The production is more varied: new drum sounds pop out of nowhere, new instruments flutter on the fringes. The four players wander through these six epic tracks like bewildered astronauts surveying strange new life forms on an exotic alien planet. Building levees of emotion and tearing those bitches down — Explosions in the Sky have never sounded more thrilling.
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