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Soundtracking “rousing sport montages” was not an ambition for Texan instrumental rockers Explosions In the Sky with their sixth album. We’re not sure they’ll avoid that honor entirely—“The Ecstatics” and “Tangle Formations” are spine-tingly enough to accompany most last-second heroics—but this panoramic, foreboding set certainly hits harder than previous work. “Disintegration Anxiety” is a fuzzy, muscular work-out, the ambient and glitchy “Losing the Light” haltingly unsettling, while “Colours in Space” cycles through the band’s full range of melodic shades before allowing “Landing Clifs” its gorgeous comedown.

Customer Reviews


I have always Loved Explosions In The Sky. I remember the first time I started listen to them in 2005. They were so different from anything else I have ever heard. Over the years they came out with some pretty cool stuff, but with their latest album “the Wilderness” it brings me back to the place I was, when I first fell in love with their music. Listen to their songs on this album really sets the bar at a new height for experimental ambiance with intentional flairs of seamless voicing. Great job to all of you who put this Album into reality. Blessings! and Thank you!


This album is phenomenal. EITS tackles such a different monster than what they usually do this time around. This time the songs aren't a dive over a waterfall or a jump off the tallest mountain in the world. Instead, the songs are a quiet morning staring at the ripples in the lake. They are laying next to the one person you know you want to share your life with. They are the content acceptance a life lived to its completion. These songs speak on such a deeper level than their previous siblings. 'Wilderness' is especially memorable.

I'm really trying to like this

I've held off writing a review for several months, hoping that the album would grow on me. It just hasn't. Long time EITS fan. Listening to The Wilderness, it's easy to forget that you're listening to EITS and think you mistakenly put on a Moby album. It's not that there aren't some good songs on here (Tangle Formations chief among them) there's just nothing that draws me back again and again like all of the other albums. Maybe it's just too much of a departure from the previous albums.


Formed: 1999 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With a reputation for scathingly intense live performances, Explosions in the Sky were touted early on in their career as the next phenomenon in moody and dynamic instrumental indie rock à la Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Eventually they became one of the genre's most commercially successful bands, scoring several motion pictures and being featured in countless other films, television series, and video games. The quartet of Texas kids, made up of Mark Smith and Munaf Rayani on guitars,...
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