From Aural Innovations #36 (May 2007)
This is the first album I’ve heard by this Texas-based instrumental post-rock band and I must say I really like it. The quartet of two guitars, bass and drums is the US equivalent to Canada’s GY!BE, Scotland’s Mogwai or Japan’s Mono. The band released their first album in 2000 and this, their sixth release, was put out early this year on CD and 2LP.
All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone includes six long tracks worth of beautiful, emotional and often quite psychedelic post-rock. Unlike GY!BE, for example, this band more or less relies on the simple line-up of guitars, bass and drums, but there is some occasional piano stuff included, as well. There is also a bit of studio wizardry in use in form of backward noises etc. to enhance the psychedelic feel of the album. Some parts are very peaceful and uplifting, but there is also some energetic and powerful stuff in there. Sometimes I’m reminded of Sigur Ros. This is an excellent, very atmospheric, melancholic, and highly emotional album that has some very good playing, great songs and excellent production. All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone comes warmly recommended to all fans of the post-rock genre.
You can find more information from the band’s website at http://www.explosionsinthesky.com/ or
from the label’s website at http://www.temporaryresidence.com/
Reviewed by Santtu Laakso