Upon the release of their seventh studio album, The Wilderness, back in April, Explosions In The Sky affirmed themselves as one of instrumental guitar music’s most treasured assets. An album of spacious tranquillity and equally arresting in nature, The Wilderness followed steady in the footsteps of the Texan band’s huge 16 year catalogue of stunning post-rock. Acclaimed LPs like The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place and All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone introduced this writer and many other fans of dreamy shoegazing to a music beyond consciousness, the type of music that can make the soul weep with happiness.
The band’s music is a powerful force – so emotionally charged, that Explosions In The Sky have become an essential accompaniment to films and other visual projects. They most recently gave an element of affecting humanity to indie comedy drama Prince Avalanche, putting together a brilliant soundtrack that mirrored the central characters’ desolate surroundings perfectly.
Where the band are at their most enthralling is in their transcendent live performances, which will be once again be on display for North East fans at their return to Sage Gateshead on Tuesday 11th October. Don’t miss it.