Word on the street is that my good buddy Joe is back in town. Joe has lived in Asia for the past 5 years, but has returned for a visit since one of our mutual friends is getting married tomorrow. He's been away so long, that he's never seen me work at the Tugboat. He's never seen me with this beard. He's never even met Erika.
Joe lived with me here at my place, back in the early days not long after I first moved in. Though I can't claim we were particularly close before he moved in, our shared living environment definitely brought us together, and we had many adventures in this house. At some point, for reasons I can't remember, we decided to set up both of our computers
here in the same room (maybe I didn't have network access anywhere else). This meant that we were playing video games (Half-Life 2, as I recall) back to back with each other, and it also meant we had to take turns playing music. Joe generally had good taste in tunes, though I seem to recall teasing him for his obsession with certain bands. One of those bands was, undoubtedly, Explosions in the Sky
. They only had a handful of songs at that point, and most of them were 10+ minute long explorations in Post Rock. I recall Joe telling me about "Post Rock", and me thinking that the term was without any actual meaning, even going so far to mention it in the fix multiple times (all, I should add, when I was featuring Explosions in the Sky).
Now I have to say that I've finally come around on this genre, embracing the term to mean "Music featuring traditionally rock oriented instruments, but which doesn't follow traditional rock formats." It's music that sounds at times like it could be rock, if the band would just do something a little more expected. Thankfully, however, Explosions in the Sky does not do that. They take their electronic guitars, bass, and drums, and playing epic-feeling music which builds in intensity and
keeps your attention with its regular shifts and evolutions.
Today's song, Last Known Surroundings
, is off their most recent album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
. It modestly clocks in at just over 8 minutes --- about average length for this group. It is a good example of how Explosions...
can build a songs intensity with each pass, and then step entirely out of that musical idea completely effortlessly. This is great music, even if it isn't the sort of thing I'd like to play in the bar where I work. This is music for listening to, and will not accept a place in the background. Intense, powerful, post-rock --- I love it.
Looking forward to seeing ya Joe!Last Known Surroundings
- Explosions in the Sky
2011 - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Track Length - 8:22Right Click to Download