Explosions in the Sky is a post-rock quartet from Austin, Texas. Like all post-rock bands, they hate that classification, but whatever you choose to call their music, they’re one of the flag bearers of that genre. They gained a lot of mainstream recognition because of their songs written for the movie Friday Night Lights, and also for their songs in the television show based on that movie. The movie was directed by Peter Berg, who also developed the TV show. Later, he directed the movie Lone Survivor, and again asked the band to do the soundtrack. The band have also done soundtracks for two films by David Gordon Green (2013’s Prince Avalanche, and 2014’s Manglehorn).
Since the year 2000, the band has released six proper albums in addition to the aforementioned film soundtracks. They’ve all been met with nearly unanimous critical acclaim. The new record is scheduled for release on April 1 via Temporary Residence. It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since their 2011 album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. I was really excited when I heard the news of a new proper album, and I was quite pleased with the first thing I heard from it. This is that song:
Sure, it’s a little weird and electronic-y in the intro, but once you get past that, it’s vintage Explosions. Brilliant stuff.