Explosions in the Sky
In the space of a single song, Explosions in the Sky's music can go from breathiest of whispers to a windswept sonic vista that makes a human being seem like a single insignificant speck in the infinitely vast cosmos. Almost immediately upon their arrival in the early '00s, mainly with 2001 album Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever (now there's a title), the Austin four-piece took a place alongside Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mogwai at the vanguard of the louder-than-bombs instrumental subgenre known as "post-rock." Besides soundtracking the 2004 film Friday Night Lights and live sets that can verge on religious epiphanies — no one who saw Explosions at the first Free Press Summer Fest in 2009 or opening for Arcade Fire last year at The Woodlands will soon forget it — they've also turned out to be especially EDM-friendly. Two thousand seven's All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, their most recent album until the brand-new, excellent Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, came with a bonus disc of remixes by Four Tet, Jesu and Eluvium (among others), and 23-year-old Michigan DJ/producer Kiely Rich's thumping, majestic house makeover for "Your Hand in Mine" is available with a few quick Google keystrokes. But then, music as limitless as Explosions in the Sky has all sorts of possibilities. See our Rocks Off music blog (blogs/houstonpress.com/rocks) for an interview with Explosions guitarist Munaf Rayani on Thursday, June 14.
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