Explosions in the Sky
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The Wilderness is Explosions In The Sky's sixth album, and first non-soundtrack release since 2011’s TakeCare, Take Care, Take Care. True to its title, The Wilderness explores the infinite unknown, utilizingseveral of the band’s own definitions of “space" (outer space, mental space, physical geography of space)as compositional tools. The band uses their gift for dynamics and texture in new and unique ways—ratherthan intuitively fill those empty spaces, they shine a light into them to illuminate all the colors of the dark.From the electronic textures of the opening track to the ambient dissolve of closer “Landing Cliffs,” TheWilderness is an aggressively modern and forward-thinking work—one that wouldn’t seem the slightestbit out of place on a shelf between original pressings of Meddle and Obscured By Clouds.The first EITS album not produced entirely by the band, The Wilderness finds them working with long timecollaborator (and Grammy-winning producer) John Congleton in a co-producer role for the first time, andthe band's most ambitious songs to date branch into unexpected new dimensions accordingly: “Logic Of ADream” lives up to its name, its celestial symphonic swells overcome by relentless tribal drum patternsthat dissolve into a gentle Krautrock outro. The cacophonous washes that open “Disintegration Anxiety”resolve into a locked groove marking a rock solid midpoint of the journey, followed by a deconstructedambient soundscape “Losing The Light.” “Colors In Space” is particularly beautiful and brave, cyclingthrough sublime atmospherics and motorik drive before building to a whiplash-inducing halt.Arguably the most progressive instrumental rock album since The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, TheWilderness is a bold, experimental work combining the EITS song craft that has sold hundreds ofthousands of albums and tickets with the cinematic sensibility that has elevated the band to the level ofregard and demand they enjoy as film composers. It is an album where shoegaze, electronicexperimentation, punk damaged dub, noise, and ambient folk somehow coexist without a hint ofcontrivance—and cohere into some of the most memorable and listenable moments of the band’sexpansive body of work—“proper” studio albums and major motion picture soundtracks alike.The progressive ambience of early Peter Gabriel, the triumphant romanticism of The Cure in their prime,and the more melancholy moments of Fleetwood Mac all inform the curious beauty of The Wilderness.The uncanny ability to reconcile the tension between discordant, nightmarish cacophony and laid-back,Laurel Canyon-inspired folk-rock is a cornerstone of this album, and the center of Explosions In The Sky'sremarkable evolution. If The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place was the defining album of Explosions In TheSky's career, The Wilderness is the band's [re]defining album.Explosions In The Sky is: Chris Hrasky (drums), Michael James (guitar, bass), Munaf Rayani (guitar), MarkT. Smith (guitar).
Explosions in the Sky