Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Explosions in the Sky: Trembling Hands
The new Explosions in the Sky album is out there (on youtube and other far more nefarious outlets) and I've been listening to it trying to wrap my head around the music. I find Explosions less immediate than Mogwai and I need time to work out whether it is genius or meandering pap. However, I would like to ask one question: what the fuck is with Trembling Hands?
Released a few weeks ago as a taster of the album, it signaled a slight stylistic departure for them with it's pounding Arcade Fire-esque drums and careening guitar lines. The thing is, it sounds like nothing else on the album and coming in at a lean three and a half minutes, contextually it makes no sense. Why? Well, the next shortest song is seven minutes in length and even when the band pick up the pace on the longer songs it is structured and considered. Trembling Hands is like throwing a hip hop verse into the middle of a classical piece. Weird shit.
The song seems like a statement without meaning, a point that ultimately means nothing. Its early release was misleading and on repeat listens to this album, pretty annoying because it undermines the flow of the record. Again, I reiterate my original question, what the fuck is with this song?