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Major motion picture score for new David Gordon Green movie starring Al Pacino & Holly Hunter.
The vinyl format for Manglehorn is limited to 2,500 copies, pressed onto 100% virgin black vinyl, and packaged in a deluxe screen printed jacket w/ full-colour, heavyweight inner sleeve. Following their inspired collaboration for Prince Avalanche — the understated, underrated 2013 film directed by David Gordon Green — iconic experimental rock band, Explosions In The Sky, and renowned film composer David Wingo return with the score to another Green film, Manglehorn.
Written by long time friend, Paul Logan — and starring Al Pacino and Holly Hunter — Manglehorn is beautifully crafted and steeped in symbolism. The performances are subtle and charming, the scenery is eclectic, and the cinematography is strikingly beautiful.
The soundtrack reflects that same spirit, shaping abstract sounds into playful and poignant score. With barely a hint of guitar on the entire soundtrack, Explosions In The Sky forego the primary instrument in which their stirring scores for Friday Night Lights and Lone Survivor were built upon, opting to harness that same emotional resonance from an array of percussive instruments.
David Wingo brings the same mercurial magic to Manglehorn that made his scores to Mud and Take Shelter so profoundly affecting. EITS and Wingo are inspired collaborators, composers whose music is so perfectly suited to the soundtrack format that listening to them makes your own life feel like a film unfolding in front of your eyes. In Manglehorn, it backs the story of an old man coming to terms with his past and slowly resolving his deep-seated anger and discontent.
It could just as effectively add a sense of wonder and grandeur to your commute to work, impromptu road trip, or lazy Sunday stroll.
1. Manglehorn Lock and Key
2. Lightning and a Bottle
3. Did I Scare You?
4. Baseball Miracles
5. A Strange World
7. The Lift
8. Paper Moons
10. Kylie and the Lion
11. Beehive On A Mailbox
12. The Purge
13. Out To Sea
14. Can You Believe It?
£18.99In early 2003, a young writer/director contacted Explosions In The Sky requesting permission to use one of their songs in his second film, All the Real Girls. The filmmaker was Texas native David Gordon Green, and their music was a perfect companion to the elegiac score from fellow Texas composer, David Wingo. That would be the first-ever film license for Explosions In The Sky.Visit product page →
Fast-forward a decade: the band's music has become an integral part of countless film and television programs (most notably Friday Night Lights and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly); Green is an internationally renowned, impressively eclectic filmmaker (Pineapple Express, Snow Angels); and Wingo is a highly acclaimed film composer (Mud, Take Shelter) and leader of acclaimed indie-rock group, Ola Podrida. They've all become very close friends, and that tight-knit friendship spawned Green's stirring new film, Prince Avalanche. While watching the Super Bowl together, EITS drummer Chris Hrasky casually suggested that Green use the scorched landscape of Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, TX as the backdrop for a film.
Green took the suggestion and ran with it, remaking the Icelandic indie comedy Either Way into an understated dramatic comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. In keeping with the low-key, under-the-Hollywood-radar nature of the film, Green tapped Explosions In The Sky and David Wingo to score the film. In the spirit of the filmmaking process, the soundtrack to Prince Avalanche is a casual affair, an earnest collaboration amongst friends recorded entirely in the living rooms of its composers.
Much like the film, the soundtrack stitches dozens of tiny moments of heartfelt brilliance into an emotionally resonant whole far more expansive than its intimate roots might imply. Explosions In The Sky excel at making even the most mundane moments in everyday life seem downright revelatory. David Wingo and David Gordon Green have made careers out of pulling off similar feats in film. It was only a matter of time before these guys all collaborated, and Prince Avalanche delivers on the inspired expectations of such a union.
2. Theme From Prince Avalanche
3. Dear Madison
4. Passing Time
6. Alone Time
7. Hello, Is This Your House?
8. Can’t We Just Listen To The Silence
10. Dear Alvin
11. The Lines On The Road That Lead You Back Home
12. An Old Peasant Like Me
13. Join Me On My Avalanche
14. The Adventures Of Alvin and Lance
15. Send Off
£18.99Thirty seconds is all you ll need to believe in the tragedy-turned-majesty of All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, Explosions In The Sky's long-awaited, very eagerly anticipated fourth album.Visit product page →
The hands-over-your-face, drop-to-your-knees opening track is only the beginning of the dominating brilliance of this record. Recorded by John Congleton (The Roots, The Mountain Goats) at Pachyderm Studios in rural Minnesota, the album is a massive leap forward, showcasing a broader instrumental range and their most focused, efficient songwriting.
It's also within arm s length of matching the overwhelming glory of their legendary live shows, trading in the crystalline production of The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place for a paint-peeling intensity that blurs the lines between studio and live performance.
£11.99Containing the very first transmitions from Explosions In The Sky to the world, the songs on How Strange Innocence were freshly written painstakingly rehearsed, and anxiously put to tape during a whirlwind two-day recording session with Stephen T. Hall (Sixteen Deluxe) at The Bubble in Austin, TX. But the group evolved quickly, and recorded what would be their breakthrough, the stunning Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever, less than one year later.Visit product page →
How Strange Innocence was pushed aside in favor of the more accomplished Those Who Tell The Truth as the band's introduction to the rest of the world, seeing no official release beyond 300 CDRs the band produced to sell on the road.
Original CDRs fetch over $200 on eBay, the scarce vinyl version nearing $500!
This phenomenon was disconcerting to the band and their growing number of fans, which makes us all the more proud to announce this official How Strange Innocence reissue, beautifully remastered with all new artwork.
£30.99Super deluxe In the four years since the release of Explosions In The Sky's previous album, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, they've amassed a steady stream of unlikely achievements for a band most known for stirring instrumentals that often push the 10 minute mark.Visit product page →
They toured with The Flaming Lips, headlined a sold-out Central Park concert, performed on the legendary Austin City Limits television program, and curated the world-renowned ATP Festival – all with the humble resolve of a band who still hauls all of their own gear on and off the stage every night. And let's not forget their indelible impact on the cultural landscape of film and television since their breakthrough score for Friday Night Lights marked an aesthetic shift towards evocative, real-life grittiness in mainstream cinema.
On their fifth album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, the band take some of their greatest creative leaps yet, experimenting with layers of haunting, unplaceable sounds, euphoric vocals, classical guitar, body percussion, Japanese singing bowls and more. With solitary focus and collaborative vision, each instrument clearly exudes the spirit and inspiration of its player, squeezing more expression and lyricism out of guitars and drums than most singers could ever conjure with their voices.
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is Explosions In The Sky's most texturally diverse and emotionally dynamic album yet, and certainly their most masterfully crafted. It emanates a subtle humanity and disarming comfort that marries youthful idealism with intangible magic. It is perhaps the most emotionally arresting album by a band responsible for some of the most emotionally arresting music of the past decade.
1. Last Known Surroundings
2. Human Qualities
3. Trembling Hands
4. Be Comfortable, Creature
5. Postcard From 1952
6. Let Me Back In
£18.00Picking up where Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever left off, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place begins as a flickering twinkle that soon grows to a blinding light.Visit product page →
This new sense of hope is the defining characteristic of this record, and ultimately the journey that their music takes us on. Immeasurably more dramatic and dynamic than their last album, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place takes its shape not in the unexpected cacophony that had become the band's trademark, but in the infinitely deeper caverns of the human soul.
With a soft heartbeat-like thump that grows stronger by the minute, the band is now closer than ever to replicating the simple movements that, when strung together, form the unpredictably complex machine that is the human body.
Words simply cannot do this the justice that it deserves. It goes so far beyond elementary comparisons to other bands. The answer is somewhere between your head and your heart, and indeed, that is not a cold dead place.
£14.99The members of Explosions in the Sky may just be four soft-spoken guys from Texas, but on Those Who Tell the Truth...they simply tear everything apart. Combining influences from classic rock to metal to goth, the band creates instrumental soundscapes that can turn from all-out destruction to heartfelt, dreamy melodies in the blink of an eye.Visit product page →
The result is similar to Mogwai and Godspeed a musical journey that leads listeners through the entire range of emotion without even needing words. "Greet Death" matches a crunchy Dinosaur Jr hook with warm Cure ssque bass grooves. "Moon Down" chimes and twists through ten minutes of calm night, leaving the listener with the feeling that something awesome is sure to happen.
On "Have You Passed Through This Night?" one of the members of Explosions in the Sky ponders in a near-whispering Texas drawl the meaning of the world. What follows is like the climax of a tense, mind-blowing movie, driven by relentless guitars and a thundering Master of puppets ers Metallica drum march. "Poor Man's Memory" follows, offering some consolation in a sentimental melody.
The album ends with the grand, 12-minute-long "With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept," a song that moves fromSonic youth to Joy division to Explosions in the Sky.
£21.99Visit product page →Deluxe Gatefold Double LP includes four custom vinyl etchings, plus free MP3 Download.
Side A:1. I Want A New Drug2. Self-Hypnosis3. Invitation To RuinSide B:1. Wake Up Drill II2. Up All Night3. Pale Purple BluesSide C:1. Chariots2. New Drug II3. A Mansion Has Many RoomsSide D:1. Corridors Of Power III2. Ice Station Zebra3. Penalty Box
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The Sky Remains The Same As Ever is a nearly two-hour document of the recording sessions for You Are There, and the several worldwide tours that followed its release. In addition to the dozen live songs that are documented in all their sweaty fury, the film captures the decidedly less glamorous aspects of being an underground rock band from a foreign country, expressing sentiments through body language out of necessity, and driving...lots and lots of driving.
Most effectively, the film displays the friendships that have made MONO's journeys enjoyable, and the fanatical dedication that has made it all possible.
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£18.99Sophomore album from acclaimed trio of Zak Riles (GRAILS), Tyler Trotter (STRIKE CITY), and Britt Walford (SLINT). Features guest members of Rachel’s, Tortoise, Torres, Shipping News, and more.Visit product page →
When Watter first appeared fully formed in 2014 as a trio featuring founding members of Grails and Slint, most assumed the mercurial group would vanish into the ether just like the foggy echoes of sound they crafted on their debut album, This World. Instead, they toured the US with their longtime friends in Om, and returned home to begin work on an ambitious new recording studio, from which their new album, History of the Future was born.
Located on the same tiny rural Kentucky road as the old Rove Studio, where many Will Oldham records were made, multi-instrumentalist Zak Riles’ new studio – dubbed Earthwave – was literally built from the ground up on the rolling hills of his picturesque farm. It has quickly become a place of great inspiration and tireless creation.
Loaded with vintage analog gear and stunning views of deep sunsets reflecting across a serene lake, the studio has drawn many of Kentucky’s most talented musicians in the spirit of collaboration, the fruits of which are on stunning display across the ten songs that make up History of the Future.
As with their first album, the songs on History of the Future evolved from many long days and nights of improvisation, experimentation, and collaboration. In many ways, the guests – which include, among others, Britt Walford (Slint), Dominic Cipolla (Phantom Family Halo, Torres), Rachel Grimes (Rachel’s), Bundy K. Brown (Tortoise), and Todd Cook (Shipping News, The For Carnation) – and the gear were as vital to the creative process as the core duo of Riles and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Trotter. It is this exploratory nature that breathes life into Watter, and turns ephemeral into eternal.
RIYL: John Carpenter, Slint, Grails, John Fahey, Goblin.
2. Shadow Chase
3. Death Knock
4. Sacrificial Leaf
5. Depth Charge
6. Liquid of Life
7. The Cloud Sanctuary
8. Macho Milano
9. History of the Future
10. Final Sunrise