Explosions in the Sky, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
Take, for instance, the album opener, ‘First Breath After Coma’ (a title that seems eerily relevant to the song’s structure, build, and releaseis a libretto at work here?). The band eschews what had become its trademark build-build-build-DISTORTION for a softer, more refined, paced build into melody. And it’s the melody that’s in full presence all over this album that makes such a significant spark of inspiration very apparent. And as the first song opens into another phase of itself, and into another, and then into a breakthrough of melodic well, release (that would come with a first breath after coma?), and the tremolo-pan sweeps across the new-formed horizon of these new sounds from Explosions in the Sky, we’re left with nothing but possibility in front of us. And at that we’ve still only just punctured the surface of the album.
And it only gets better from there.