Explosions In The Sky | Take Care Take Care Take Care | Temporary Residence Limited | AB: Olive | CD: Clear Brown w/ Black haze | D-side etching | /1000
It’s post-rock from Austin, TX day! Here’s the new jams from Explosions In The Sky. Do yourself a favor and view this post full size for maximum effect. The photos of the packaging for this record deserve the 800 pixels of justice I allotted them.
Temporary Residence are going to have a hard time topping this release this year. Take Care Take Care Take Care has been highly anticipated for the past 4 years of EITS semi-hiatus after dropping the impeccable All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone in 2007. Buzz for the new album was a mixed bag, hot with anticipation for new music from the post-rock flagship, cold because of the odd choice of a lead track they unleashed on us back in January. The track, “Trembling Hands” was a bit poppy with an odd repetitive, almost hypnotic “oh oh oh” chorus. Personally I was a fan. But Take Carex3, as a whole, holds its own with everything you’d expect from EITS. There’s beautiful arcs of guitars being plucked sent through intense delay pedals, there’s humming drums, there’s the feeling of warmth washing over you.
What’s really impressive about this record is the artwork and packaging. Artist/friend of the band, Esteban Rey, created a beautiful piece of artwork for the layout. The 5-gatefold package unfolds to reveal the facade of a house.
With enough patience (or some strategically placed scotch tape) you can build the package into a 3-D house:
Hopefully Esteban gets the recognition he deserves for this package. Every detail is perfect, from the postcard containing liner notes, the immense double sided poster to set the house on, to the “aged” album sleeves which look worn by years of love and use. The D-side of the 2nd LP even featured a floorboard etched into the wax:
Though probably not my favorite EITS album (that would be All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone) the combination of beautiful music and the immense packaging, I’m easily swayed to love this album dearly. And it’s only been in my possession for couple of hours.
Grab this beautiful set for $25 from Temporary Residence Limited. They still have colored copies available, on Olive/Brown (seen above}, Maroon/Brown, and Cream/Brown.