Explosions In The Sky ‎– How Strange, Innocence

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Euphonics

Euphonics

February 23, 2019
edited 3 months ago
referencing How Strange, Innocence, CDr, Album, Ltd, SLA 001
Austin's Explosions In The Sky have become known for dramatic mini guitar symphonies that carry with them a special, nimble charm that is accessible for the masses. Their later material reined-in, and sometimes expanded on this concept, but in my opinion, this, their debut album still remains their unequivocal best. Which is in stark contrast to the bands' own feelings, as they've regularly expressed a certain level of embarrassment over the record. They had been in the band for less than a year, none of them had been in a studio before, and it shows. When they eventually got signed for their second album, the band remembers: "The four of us were convinced that we had made a terrible mistake thinking that we could record an album that a label would actually send to stores for people to buy."

But through this guilelessness—or Innocence, if you will—they managed to take seven impressionistic song-sketches, and color them with life. In these seven peaks and valleys, we find so much hope, so much joy, and so much vulnerability. There is heart and passion, while also retaining a certain looseness that could have only come from a youthful band that was unsure of what they were really tapping into, but going ahead with it anyway. The bare heart captured on this album does far more than any 'technique' they may have cultivated as their career moved forward. Of course they may have gotten 'tighter' or 'more professional' by some standards. But on this one, they give it their youthful best and after two days of recording, one mixing, and one mastering, we arrive at the other end with a deeply profound, somehow erudite statement.
Each song is a gem, each moment a treasure.
Axiomatical

Axiomatical

August 17, 2016
referencing How Strange, Innocence, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, FTK 01
To anyone who actually has a copy, what is the sound quality like?
snevett

snevett

February 19, 2016
referencing How Strange, Innocence, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, FTK 01
I have a copy and have been toying with selling it on and off for about two years every time I need cash! So hard as I know it's 'special'. My copy has never been played. Ever. Only been out of the case a few times to show off. When I see copies going for as high as $800 (£550) I always consider it!
danny.lee.7121

danny.lee.7121

January 1, 2016
referencing How Strange, Innocence, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, FTK 01
I didn't realize any of this. I can only dream to hear magic hours on vinyl one day...
wayne.walkerr

wayne.walkerr

December 18, 2015
referencing How Strange, Innocence, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, FTK 01
This is literally the only press I want. I can't find it anywhere and no one is willing to sell it. I can't imagine how much a signed one goes for.
scout.dedalus

scout.dedalus

September 28, 2015
referencing How Strange, Innocence, CDr, Album, Ltd, SLA 001
I used to have this CD. I lent it to a friend and never got it back. I regret that day very much.
BoBsPfhorever

BoBsPfhorever

June 9, 2014
referencing How Strange, Innocence, CD, Album, RE, RM, trr 85
Meh. To be honest, I just don't care too much for this band. I feel like this band is just jumping on the bandwagon with the 'post-rock' genre. I mean, the rhythms and structure is just repetitive and boring to listen to. I fall asleep to this stuff, but not in a good way at all. It's really a chore to listen to. Same goes for all of their stuff. I understand why most people like them, though, and that's fine. But, I tried them out and I don't like what I'm hearing. One song from each of their albums is enough for me to stomach.
skycake

skycake

June 5, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing How Strange, Innocence, 2xLP, Album, Ltd, FTK 01

This LP is one of the hardest to track down. Most who end up with one tend to keep it with pride and joy. I imagine many copy's of this relic have perished since the time of there limited 300 pressing, most of which were sold at the shows during the bands first tours. If you have one of these, vacuum seal it, put it away and don't listen to it any more. Its really that special.