Explosions In The Sky - Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever
Label: Temporary Residence Limited – TRR34
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Drawings inspired by "The Angel of Mons"
Includes a printed inner sleeve
Released: 27 Aug 2001
Style: Post Rock
A1 Greet Death 7:19
A2 Yasmin The Light 7:03
A3 The Moon Is Down 10:02
B1 Have You Passed Through This Night? 7:19
B2 A Poor Man's Memory 6:04
B3 With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept 12:04
Lacquer Cut at – SAE Mastering
Artwork [Drawings] – David Logan
Music By – Christopher Hrasky, Mark T. Smith, Michael James, Munaf Rayani
Recorded By – Jeremy DeVine, Trevor Kampmann
this plane will crash tomorrow
help us stay alive
there ain't no world but this one
Recorded December 2000 in Washington, DC
I recently rediscovered and became hooked on this band's second album, and realized it's been too long since I've really listened to the first one and had it truly sink in, and that I shouldn't forget about it. Their first one is just as good if not better. Actually, it's impossible for me to decide which one is better.
This is a raw, organic post rock treasure that comes once in a lifetime. If you are familiar with Godspeed You Black Emperor, this album has much of the same song structures, moving through soft to loud // upbeat to calm parts, with amazing melodies every second, progressing and changing throughout the entire duration. The difference is this band has shorter songs overall, they are more "normal" length (around 7 minutes) instead of 20-30 minutes long, and they don't stick on the same melody for too long. (Don't get me wrong, I love Godspeed and their 25 min songs, just stating the differences.) Actually they never really keep playing the same melody, there is ultra-variation. Of course there are multiple climaxes and suspenseful crescendos throughout every song.
The calm parts of this album are so nostalgic and relaxing, and could really be interpreted as either sad/melancholic or joyful/relieving. It's perfect to listen to cuddling with your lover by the fire drinking hot tea. In each song, there is a very sudden explosion (in the sky) from super-calm to super fast and loud, some are so powerful they will make you tremble.
Especially the one in the second track about two minutes in, it is almost startling and could catch you off guard. It climaxes and calms down as fast as it came, and goes right back into the calm melody before it, then starts slowly progressing towards a new light. The percussion on this LP is amazing adds so much to the music especially in this area of the song.
If you need a real reason to buy this album, listening to the song "The Moon is Down" once should do it. This album is worth buying if you only listen to this song. I can only say that it has all the best elements of the LP wrapped into one song, with some of the most brilliant melodies I've ever heard. Sometimes instrumental music can say so much more then music with vocals. The first part of "Have You Passed Through This Night?" actually does have some vocals, just more like a spoken sample part like in Godspeed songs, still with great melody underneath. It is barely distracting, does not ruin the album and is very short. Then comes some awesome drumming that starts building the layers of the song, a climax that comes and goes, then the EXPLOSION of the song, which ends up being VERY powerful and ends very suddenly just like how it arrived.
The last song, "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept" is the longest song, probably my second favorite and contains some of the best softer melodies and buildups. My only little problem is I think it would have been a better finale with a really powerful fast part to finish up, but it calmly fades out instead.
I'm sorry for so many Godspeed comparisons, if you haven't heard them either you must check them out along with EITS. I think EITS is generally a better introduction to post-rock because GYBE songs can be really "out-there" and harder to appreciate, but personally GYBE got me into post-rock. If you like Godspeed or Mogwoi or Silver Mount Zion you're sure to love this album. Currently I listen to this band more than them. You would be a fool to not at least give it a try. This band has already produced two amazing albums and I feel they have incredible potential.
Explosions In The Sky - The Moon Is Down
Explosions In The Sky - Greet Death
Explosions In The Sky - Yasmin The Light
San Pedro 07.06.03