What’s in the bag? (27)

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Explosions in the Sky is an American post-rock band from Texas, although they prefer to remove the word post. They were originally named Breaker Morant (Presumably after the Film staring Edward Woodward, but possibly after the actual person), they changed their name in 1999. “The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place” was their third album, released in 2003, and is entirely instrumental. Originally I had only a single track on a compilation that I made, the opening track of the album in fact, ‘First Breath After Coma”. I played this compilation on repeat for several week while I was working on something and, almost without actually listening to it, the track (and the others on it) grew on me at, what was I suppose, a subconscious level and I bought the whole album on CD, then played it to death. For some reason the album isn’t on Spotify, so I’ve included the opening track from youtube below and beneath that a whole gig.

Wiki describes post rock thus; “Post-rock is a subgenre of rock music characterized by the influence and use of instruments commonly associated with rock, but using rhythms and “guitars as facilitators of timbre and textures” not traditionally found in rock. Post-rock bands are often without vocals

I find a great deal of beauty in the music and they somehow manage to tell a story without the use of words. They’ve since gone on to release more good albums and have scored several soundtracks, but this album remains my faviourite as it seems to almost be ingrained in the section of my brain that take pleasure from music.


1. “First Breath After Coma” 9:33
2. “The Only Moment We Were Alone” 10:14
3. “Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean” 8:43
4. “Memorial” 8:50
5. “Your Hand in Mine” 8:16

The vinyl version of the album features etchings of birds on side D accompanied by the phrase “The Earth is not a cold dead place because you are breathing, because you are listening.”


First Breath After Coma:

A full Gig: