Recorded in the space of two days at the end of 1999, Texan post-rock heroes Explosions In The Sky made small but significant ripples in the underground scene with a limited CD run of their humble debut How Strange, Innocence. Twenty years later, it eventually gets a thorough double-vinyl treatment, with beautiful etchings and inserts.
Vinyl Double LP £26.58 TRR085LP
Remastered, repackaged reissue 2LP on Temporary Residence pressed on black vinyl. Heavyweight triple-gatefold jacket with matte varnish, insert, and custom vinyl etching.
- Includes download code
Limited Vinyl Double LP £30.99 TRR085LPC1
Limited edition, remastered, repackaged reissue 2LP on Temporary Residence pressed on light & dark blue mixed coloured vinyl. Heavyweight triple-gatefold jacket with matte varnish, insert, and custom vinyl etching.
- Coloured vinyl
- Indies only
- Limited edition
- Includes download code
The name Explosions In The Sky gives me a sense of creeping dread because of the current political situation. I wish those Texan post-rockers had been a little more considerate. Anyway, their debut album 'How Strange, Innocence' is being given a reissue and since it was released in 1999 when Norman Records was barely out of short trousers and not writing reviews, we/I decided to offer our/my thoughts on this post-rock classic.
The thing that's amazing about this album is that it was first self-released as a limited run of 300 copies in their hometown of Austin, Texas, having taken only two days to record (put that in your pipe and smoke it, Kevin Shields). 'How Strange, Innocence' is pure instrumental post-rock at its most heartfelt. The group's three guitar set-up works wonders, underneath which cracked drums crash and fall. Melodic lines interact perfectly together, sometimes in heavenly harmony or in exultant dissonance. For what was presumably a spit-and-sawdust operation, the clarity of the arrangements, recording, and production is astounding. Sometimes it sounds as if each player's guitar amp is positioned equidistantly around your head.
'How Strange, Innocence' is a moody yet plaintive record, with all the charm of a first record and the surety of a band who would become scene stalwarts. It conveys a young band fully realising their sound and it's wonderful to hear.
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