Explosions in the Sky have released yet another sweeping cinematic album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. With this release, their knack for accessibility via pure instrumentals is displayed. Explosions in the Sky have a niche in the “music to soundtrack life by” category; their immediate and emotional music tugging at the heart strings. Combined with their appearance in actual film soundtracks, Take Care follows the band’s expected progression. Is this a bad thing Where else can they possibly go in this stylistic vein?
While not departing vastly from their previous work, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care does incorporate some newer elements to the band’s repertoire. Using a sampled string sequence to begin “Last Known Surroundings,” Explosions in the Sky want the listener to check their hi-fi sound volume before blasting into an e-bow guitar squall–the wall of feedback creates tension before, the trademark stuttering drums kick in. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, seems to be the band’s most accessible work to date. There aren’t meandering single note guitar lines drawing the songs out or lengthy intros, just riff after riff of soul crushing power.
With the elaborate fold out artwork of Take Care, Take Care, Take Care it may seem that Explosions in the Sky want to tell a story. Reading the song titles of the album reads like a collection of short story titles. “Human Surroundings” plays soft and mellow at the beginning and then suddenly drops into a maelstrom of sonic chaos. In reality, EITS are making music for the listener to fill in the gaps, create the characters, and listen to the drama unfold.
If you are looking for new ground or a vast departure from their previous work you will certainly not find it here. However, more of the same is not necessarily a bad thing considering Take Care is a beautiful collection of music to usher in the coming summer. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is nothing new, but EITS set it up to make you forget about the previous hills and valleys while taking you on into the next.