Breaker Morant was founded in Austin, TX in 1999, but the instrumental rock group changed their name to Explosions In The Sky before the release of their first album, How Strange, Innocence. Initially issued as an edition of 300 CD-Rs on Sad Loud America, the album was remastered and issued on CD by Temporary Residence in 2005. The band had not yet refined their brand of “cathartic mini symphonies”, resulting a relatively minimalist record that Pitchfork describes as “no explosions, only minor flares.” They owe a clear debt to Mogwai and Godspeed!, but from this bit of juvenilia you can see the seeds of what eventually differentiated them from their post-rock forebearers - layers of intricately played guitar with little low-end, crashing drum fills, length medidtations and surprising arrangements. The band seems a little embarrassed about this record, (at one point, the band rremarked that they wished to buy every copy and burn them), but tracks like “Magic Hours” and “Time Stops” will insist upon a careful listen. This album has only been available on vinyl as a super-limited tour exclusive in 2004, quickly becoming little more than a Discogs legend. In honor of the group’s 20th anniversary, the album has been remastered by Heba Kadry with lacquers recut by Bob Weston (of Shellac, Mission of Burma) and is packaged in a heavyweight triple gatefold jacket. The LP is pressed on light & dark blue mixed colored vinyl and has a specially etched d-side with liner notes from the band.
- double light and blue mixed vinyl pressing
- heavyweight tri-fold sleeve
- includes printed insert and etched d-side
- digital download included
- limited to 4000 copies
- music label: Temporary Residence Limited 2019
reviewed by P.S.: HI TOMMY! 08/2019