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I (heart) Explosions in the Sky Those Who TellAccording to legend, Explosions in the Sky were signed when fellow post-rockers American Analog Set listened to half their demo and submitted it to their label with a note reading “This totally fucking destroys!” Turns out they do.

I’ve been listening to Explosions in the Sky on a near-daily basis for months now, and to my continued surprise, I’m not remotely sick of them. They do jammy instrumental post-rock in the vein of Mogwai or Tortoise, but their music is a more haunting and delicate, with bits of goth and heavy metal for good measure. In fact, somehow these four guys from Texas make music that perfectly matches my feelings about Vancouver winter — moody and vast and cooly beautiful. The perfect musical accompaniment to taking the early-morning bus across the Granville bridge and seeing the city of glass dwarfed by snow-topped mountains and endless grey clouds and cold black ocean.

They have a free album, buy provigil modafinil The Rescue which you can download from their site, and a new album coming out in February. You should probably check ’em out. I can’t guarantee you’ll love their stuff as much as I do, but you just might, and wouldn’t that be grand?

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  1. Explosions in the Sky, live » haiku factory on Monday, May 7, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    […] I wrote about these Austin post-rock instrumentalists a few months ago. In their live show, they came out, introduced themselves, and launched into a ninety-minute, unbroken soundscape of ringing guitars and majestic noise. By the end, people in the crowd were pumping their fists in the air, or spazz-dancing, or lying or sitting on the floor letting the music wash over them. The fact that it was in the Croatian Cultural Center, which has all the charm of a Croatian high school gym, only made it better. If they had been selling tee-shirts, I totally would have bought one. (Note to EitS: seriously, dudes, no tees?) […]