What we are going to do, is check out if one of the most anticipated post-rock albums in the past few years lives up to the expectations. Loads and loads of fans have been waiting for this new Explosions In The Sky full-length, me definitely being one of them. I've been a fan since I've seen them live at Rock Herk several years ago. It was a magical (and quite confusing) moment, not only because they're damn good but also because eventually I got married to the girl whose hand I was holding back then.
Yeah, i know, that's all cute and/or sickening, depending on your vision on romance but that moment gave Explosions In The Sky a special place in this household. So we quickly pre-ordered the album and had a few very good listens to it. The verdict? They still got it. They still know how to make those immersive pieces of music and they still make it sound so easy. In short, 'The Wilderness' is an inspiring album which couldn't have been made by anyone else than Explosions In The Sky.
Much like Primus, Monster Magnet, Cocteau Twins or Dead Can Dance, Explosions In The Sky have their distinct sound, immediately recognizable for fans. The opening trio 'Wilderness', The Ecstatics' and 'Tangle Formations' breathe this vintage atmosphere and sound. A bad word for that aspect is 'typical' but you get the idea. 'Logic Of A Dream' is one of my absolute favorite, a constantly surprising piece of work, using different tempos, a number of eerie drones and the highly enjoyable playfulness that we're used to from these guys.
Another one of my favorite is the dark and gloomy 'Losing The Light', opening like a dark ambient, evolving into a blend of atmospheric soundscapes and piano. The track swells, grows and gradually alternates towards a a bit of a drone-doom track. Brilliance! 'Colors In Space' seems to dig deeper into the world of krautrock, much to my delight actually. Closer 'Landing Cliffs' is another melodic masterpiece, driving on beautiful synths.
In the past few weeks, I've seen people claiming a lot of positive things about this album, and with good reason too. Someone even said that this was the ultimate hope for a dying genre, but as a reviewer I mildly disagree. This genre isn't dying, it probably never will. But it is a fact that Explosions In The Sky once again managed to take it back to its glorious roots and rearrange all the typical elements into what soon will be recognized as a classic, essential post-rock album.