In the ten years since they formed Explosions in The Sky have continued to bring us emotive instrumental rock music slowly building layers upon layers of guitars to a skull-crushing finale in a way only nearest and dearest contemporaries Mogwai can do and a steady array of unlikely achievements for an instrumental rock-band; touring with The Flaming Lips, headlined a sold-out Central Park concert, performed on the legendary Austin City Limits television program, and curated their own ATP Festival; not bad for a band often seen as a poor relation to Mogwai. Explosions In The Sky is more than that.
Famously not seeing themselves as a post-rock band EITS continue with the quiet / loud dynamics in an evocative way, allowing the listener to drift along noticing the beautiful surroundings of the music itself. Drummer Chris Hrasky drives the album along at the pace of a man knowing he is in control of where he going; with guitars taking a passenger seat allowing them to be guided and lifted. Only in the first half of ‘Human Qualities’ do the guitars take a lead. In ‘Trembling Hands’ Hrasky pushes his already upfront drums with some Keith Moon style drumming, with the guitars weaving in and out in some sort of blissedoutness. There is something of a 1980’s Postcard Records or even Big Country feel to some of the tracks especially in ‘Postcard from 1952’ hmmm maybe a hint in the title!!
‘Take Care Take Care Take Care’ is a great album but nothing new. When you think of how Grails have taken the same starting block and have transformed their style of ‘post-rock’ into something that transcends musical boundaries, Explosions In The Sky appear to have been lost in the way. That said this album is emotive, organic and inspired and has some beautiful elements.