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How Strange, Innocence

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A Song for Our Fathers
Snow and Lights
Magic Hours
Look into the Air
Glittering Blackness
Time Stops
Remember Me as a Time of Day
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 48:45

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Weirdly, some of the most sexually electric


music I've heard. The music builds to a tautness, a string quivering with tension, and then releases. It's melancholy and emotionally charged at the same time. Like a languorous, damp Saturday afternoon in October spent with someone you shouldn't be with doing things you will regret, but unable to stop because it feels so good now. Something like this review, which I suspect I will regret later...

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Great Working Music


I am a graduate student, and this is some of the best music to listen to while working. The massive sound created by EITS is amazing, and with no vocals, there is nothing to distract you. I just hope I have time to listen to it when I am not working.

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Got to have


I really love this band and this is one of their best

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Solid post-rock


If you're looking for post-rock, you can't go with EITS. Never get tired of this one...

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my daughter knows best


She recommended this to her father and she has his good taste!!

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Still one of my favorites


The starter set from who I'd say are the best post-rockers out there. Every song is undoubtedly worth it. Had this for years and still love every track.

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How Strange, Innocence was recorded a year before Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever, the eventual breakthrough for Austin’s Explosions in the Sky. But this 2005 Temporary Residence release is the first many will hear of it, since the original pressing was only a few hundred CD-Rs. It’s an interesting listen for fans of the group, as it incorporates the layered guitar melodies and deliberate volume shifts of later EITS work but unfolds with a brittle uncertainty that reveals the band’s brief lifespan at the time. Sometimes it sounds like a recital, as if Chris Hrasky, Michael James, Munaf Rayani, and Mark T. Smith, having learned their parts painstakingly and over time, were debuting the songs for an audience of proud parents. In “A Song for Our Fathers,” brittle electric guitar notes find the melody over brushed snare and a stoic bassline until the song locks into a louder but still lingering groove, like a sleepwalking Pixies, while “Time Stops” builds from a gentle stroll to a storm of crash cymbals, shadowing vintage Bedhead in the din. The songs here are long — nothing’s under five minutes — and Explosions in the Sky overuse some of the same effects that give their material strength. “Magic Hours,” for example, is only a preamble to “Time Stops,” glimmering, then building, then exploding at the usual pace. But despite some predictability, How Strange, Innocence shows remarkable tact for a band that was so unseasoned during its recording. As the ambitious “Snow and Lights” proves, they were already hashing out the pacing issues, heroic scope, and striking melodic sense that would define later releases. – Johnny Loftus

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