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    End, the enigmatic seventh album by Explosions in the Sky, was inspired by darkness, but became a loud, dramatic, wild rumination on life and death.

    “Our starting point was the concept of an ending—death, or the end of a friendship or relationship. Every song comes from a story, or an idea one of us has had that we’ve all expanded on and made its own world. Maybe it’s our nature, but we kept feeling that the album title was ultimately open to a lot more interpretation—the end of a thing or a time can mean a stop, but it can also mean a beginning, and what happens after one thing ends might pale in comparison to what it becomes next,” says the band about the album.

    End is perhaps the “grandest” Explosions in the Sky album – melding the quiet restraint and crushing feel of their early releases with the sonic texturing and ornate experimentation of their later releases, and their increasingly deep film and television scoring catalog, influenced by personal tastes stretching from classical to soul to experimental ambient music.

    The title “End” furthers a story arc reflected in the album titles that started with the “innocence” of their first album (How Strange, Innocence), progressed through the idealism and romanticism of their second and third albums (Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever and The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place), followed by the introspection (All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone and Take Care Take Care Take Care) and big-picture focus (The Wilderness) of their most recent albums.

    End is the band’s seventh, but not final, studio album


    Barry says: It's always going to be a big thing for me when EITS release an LP (massive fan), and while their soundtrack-adjacent 'Big Bend' LP from 2021 was high up my album charts for the year, it's been a while since a full studio album has affected me the way 'Those Who Tell The Truth..' or 'The Rescue' did. I can say with some confidence that 'End' might be my favourite thing they've done for a couple decades now.


    1 Ten Billion People
    2 Moving On
    3 Loved Ones
    4 Peace Or Quiet
    5 All Mountains
    6 The Fight
    7 It's Never Going To Stop

    Explosions In The Sky

    Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack For Public Television)

      Following nearly two years of global touring in support of their adventurous and acclaimed album, The Wilderness (2016), Explosions In The Sky paused on the future to reflect on the past. Celebrating their 20th year as a band with a pair of remastered reissues of early beloved classics – How Strange, Innocence (2000) and The Rescue (2005) – they embarked on a memorable series of anniversary concerts in 2019. It was around then that Explosions In The Sky was approached to craft the score to a new documentary about a place with which, as native Texans, they were very familiar: Big Bend National Park.

      That documentary, Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas, premiered on PBS in the United States as well as on a variety of networks in other countries in early 2021. The hour-long film intimately follows the lives of native animals amid expansive aerial views of the iconic desert landscape that makes up one of the grandest natural wonders in the world. The band set these sights to an inspired, melodic, and meaningful blend of acoustic guitar, slide guitar, strings, piano, bells, and drums that feels as alive and diverse--and vast and lonely--as the place it depicts.

      Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack for Public Television) takes that mesmerizing score and recontextualizes it as a standalone album. Those brief cues have been expanded and transformed into a thoughtful, gorgeous full-length album that recalls some of the band’s most magical and memorable moments from their storied history.

      Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas is a film that explores the past and present of the vast, complicated landscape that still holds countless mysteries yet to be uncovered. In Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack for Public Television), Explosions In The Sky pursue a similar approach to their own past and present, and find inspiration in all that has yet to be discovered.


      Barry says: I'm a BIG EITS fan, and one of my favourite soundtracks of all time was their Prince Avalanche OST, so it's with no small joy I get to add this one to the collection. It's a beautifully majestic and uplifting set of acoustic / post-rock vignettes, rich in texture and wonderfully brought together.


      1. Chisos (4:11)
      2. Climbing Bear (3:19)
      3. Woodpecker (2:05)
      4. Spring (2:38)
      5. Flying (3:03)
      6. Camouflage (2:29)
      7. Swimming (1:05)
      8. Stories In Stone (2:36)
      9. Summer (3:14)
      10. Nightfall (2:22)
      11. Owl Hunting (2:15)
      12. Sunrise (3:30)
      13. Big Horns (2:11)
      14. Autumn (2:41)
      15. Cubs (1:54)
      16. Pallid Bats (2:56)
      17. Rains Legacy (2:28)
      18. Bird Family (2:10)
      19. Winter (3:17)
      20. Human History (6:08)

      Explosions In The Sky

      All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

        Recorded by John Congleton at Pachyderm Studios in rural Minnesota, this album is a massive leap forward, showcasing a broader instrumental range and their most focused, efficient songwriting. It's also within arm's length of matching the overwhelming glory of their legendary live shows, trading in the crystalline production of "The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place" for a paint-peeling intensity that blurs the lines between studio and live performance.


        Barry says: Eschewing the trademark sound that they established to some degree on their last album proper, Explosions In The Sky have instead opted for a more hard-edged sound, saturated and overdriven to a place that was only hinted at on previous outings. There are still build-ups, mellow sections, floating bass and shining beauty, but this time there is a more pronounced disparity between light and dark, perhaps further enhancing the golden beams within. A wonderful edition to their established canon, and with hindsight, a formative release in their great future.


        1. "The Birth And Death Of The Day" 
        2. "Welcome, Ghosts" 
        3. "It's Natural To Be Afraid" 
        4. "What Do You Go Home To?" 
        5. "Catastrophe And The Cure" 
        6. "So Long, Lonesome"

        The Wilderness is the band’s sixth album, and first non-soundtrack effort since 2011’s ‘Take Care, Take Care, Take Care’. Arguably the most progressive instrumental rock album since EITS’ 2003 breakthrough ‘The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place’, The Wilderness is a bold, experimental work combining the singular song craft that has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and tickets with the cinematic sensibility that has elevated the band to the level of regard and demand its members enjoy as film composers (Lone Survivor, Manglehorn, Prince Avalanche, Friday Night Lights).

        The first Explosions In The Sky album not produced entirely by the band, The Wilderness features long time collaborator (and Grammy-winning producer) John Congleton in a co-producer role for the first time. The band's most ambitious songs to date branch into unexpected new dimensions accordingly - Exhibit A being “Disintegration Anxiety,” currently streaming on all platforms and available as an instant grat download with all pre-orders. With its cacophonous opening washes that ultimately resolve into a locked groove, “Disintegration Anxiety” marks the rock solid midpoint of an aggressively modern and forward-thinking work. 


        Barry says: Expanding upon their trademark sound, much like fellow Texans This Will Destroy You ; Explosions In The Sky have encompassed, to great effect, elements of drone and electronica into their (still unmistakeable) post-rock sound. Distorted beats, crunchy snares, and dusty arpeggios atop soaring guitars and crackly synths. A vast departure for the band, but without endangering what makes them tick, The Wilderness is bold, brave, and brilliant.


        1. Wilderness
        2. The Ecstatics
        3. Tangle Formations
        4. Logic Of A Dream
        5. Disintegration Anxiety
        6. Losing The Light
        7. Infinite Orbit
        8. Colors In Space
        9. Landing Cliffs

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