Explosions in the Sky - Human Qualities
(Take Care, Take Care, Take Care)
A common complaint in recent years about meticulous thundergods Explosions in the Sky is that of stagnation, of mining the same cinematic crescendo-core that the rest of the old-guard of that most nebulous of genres ‘post-rock’ got bored with sometime around Mr. Beast and Takk… (to an even greater amount of complaints of course)
They may have not experimented a whole lot with their sound over their decade-and-change of existence, but close inspection will reveal a definite, if subtle, variety. Certainly the fuzzed out skittering going on up there is a thing I’ve not noticed before.
In the end, EiTS are one of those rare bands whose sound would probably suffer if they did mess about with it. Their intricate, monolithic sonic constructions sound timeless, if not positively ancient, from the second you hear them. Of course the drums are going to go “BOOM” a third of the way through. When you have a drummer as peerless at going “BOOM” as Chris Hrasky, you bloody well let him go “BOOM” every chance you get.