The Rescue was released at the end of 2005 on Temporary Residence’s Travels In Constants series. This record was only available via subscription and is not available for purchase. It’s a shame really because it’s certainly an admirable addition to the Explosions In The Sky’s discography. The band plays incredible instrumental post-rock in the vein of Mogwai. While not as incredibly epic as their full length material, The Rescue still sees Explosions In The Sky at the top of their game.
In a way, The Rescue might be easier to swallow for first time listeners of the band. The album’s eight tracks come in at an almost even 33 minutes. That makes the songs considerably shorter than the band’s previous full-lengths. The Rescue tends to take a more upbeat and brighter turn as well. Past material of the band could be described as rather cold and dark in tone.
The Rescue‘s eight songs were written and recorded in eight days. Even the band admits that this was a bit of a learning experience for them. The band experimented with many different avenues. New instruments were played, new textures were tried out and new ways of writing were practiced. The Rescue really shows the band’s amazing versatility. These songs flow so well together. The fact that the band constructed these songs in barely a week’s time is absolutely astnoshing.
The Rescue is really a testament to the talent of Explosions In The Sky. This material is certainly different than the band’s amazing earlier work but still remains as powerful and moving. If you have ever had an interest in instrumental rock music Explosions In The Sky is a band that is truly one of the best in the genre.