The influential post-rock outfit Explosions in the Sky celebrated their 20th anniversary with a pair of reissues of hard-to find recordings on vinyl and digital streaming services through the Temporary Residence label.
How Strange, Innocence was the band’s debut album. Recorded a year before their landmark Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever, their debut features many of the hallmarks of their work: dynamic shifts, guitar harmonies, lengthy instrumentals among them. The album was originally released in a homemade batch of 300 CD-Rs in 2000. It made the rounds on file-sharing sites in the early days of the new millennium and eventually saw wider release on CD in 2005. The year before, the album made its first appearance on vinyl as exclusive tour merchandise, limited once again to just 300 copies. Now, 19 years after its original release, How Strange, Innocence has been reissued on limited-edition light and dark blue vinyl. The music has been newly remastered by Heba Kadry and the lacquers cut by Bob Weston. The discs are housed in a matte-varnished triple-gatefold jacket alongside a full-color insert with liner notes, an MP3 download voucher, and a custom vinyl etching. Only 4,000 copies of the LP have been pressed.
Explosions in the Sky has also reissued The Rescue. Fans call it the “secret album,” and with good reason. Upon its original release in 2005, The Rescue was only available through mail order and this reissue marks its first-ever wide release.
On The Rescue, the band chose to create an album as organically and loosely as possible. To accomplish it, they challenged themselves to compose, rehearse, record, and mix a new song each day for eight days in a row – all on their own without any outside “interference.” The band and their fans had tempered expectations for the project, but the result was a high-quality album that was lighter than anything else they’d previously recorded. For its anniversary edition, The Rescue has been pressed on opaque “dusty orange” vinyl in a strictly limited edition of 4,000 copies. The music has been newly remastered from the original 24-bit stereo mixes and the discs are packaged in a heavyweight sleeve with liner notes from the band. For the digital-friendly, an MP3 download voucher is also included.
The vinyl reissues of How Strange, Innocence and The Rescue are out now from Temporary Residence. You can order your copies from the label’s online store. Keep scrolling for a complete track listing for the albums.
We're releasing deluxe remastered & repackaged editions of our debut album, How Strange, Innocence, available on vinyl for the first time since 2004, & The Rescue, on vinyl & digital platforms for the first time ever. Preorder – https://t.co/pqWuueEBMW pic.twitter.com/XFiKqbKdV0
— ExplosionsInTheSky (@EITS) July 4, 2019
Explosions in the Sky, How Strange, Innocence — Anniversary Edition (originally released on Sad Loud America CD SLA-001, 2000 — reissued Temporary Residence, 2019)
- A Song For Our Fathers
- Snow And Lights
- Magic Hours
- Look Into The Air
- Glittering Blackness
- Time Stops
- Remember Me As A Time Of Day
Explosions in the Sky, The Rescue — Anniversary Edition (originally released as Temporary Residence CD with no catalog number, 2005 — reissued Temporary Residence, 2019)
- Day One
- Day Two
- Day Three
- Day Four
- Day Five
- Day Six
- Day Seven
- Day Eight