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Magic Hours

Magic Hours

Explosions In The Sky – Magic Hours

Today being the fifth of November it seems like as appropriate a day as any for some Explosions In The Sky on shotwithsound. You may be worrying that lame pun is enough to justify featuring a tune from one of the best exponants of post rock this decade but given they are actually named after fireworks, today’s their day!

And given their propensity for writing music that grows and grows from the ember of a melody to the often raging inferno of wave after hypnotic wave of rushing, crashing rock I can see no reason not to feature them on Bonfire Night. And yes that last sentence did horribly mix fire and water metaphors, give me a break alright: it’s been a long day.

The image above is a long exposure shot of a low wattage light bulb (traditional as you’d imagine Daily Mail reading reactionaries) with several post production filters to bring out the colours and (over) emphasise the fiery colours. So not a firework at all, but it sure looks cool if you ask me!

Magic Hours is from Explosions’ first album How Strange, Innocence, from way back when in 2000 – which was initially stuck out in a couple of hundred CDRs to their mates, before going whatever going viral was called before things went viral.

You can hear more of Explosions on their website here: Explosions In The Sky

Or you can buy How Strange, Innocence from Amazon

Or download it from Explosions In The Sky - How Strange, Innocence

Akuma No Kuma

Akuma No Kuma

Sunn O))) & Boris – Akuma No Kuma

Sunn O))) make a monumental breed of drone rock that sounds like the audio of the fall of nations and the collapse of empires. Over the years their sound has evolved and they have taken drone metal in new directions with their forward thinking production, collaborations and embracing of electronics and a wide variety of instruments.

When playing live they are (in)famous for performing in the sort of robes worn by Druids and ancient shamen – it was actually the memory of seeing them live at Sonar several years ago that prompted me to pick out one of their pieces of music from that period to soundtrack this image.

Akuma no Kuma is a collaboration with Japan’s experimentalist (with the emphasis on the mentalist) metallers Boris and has vocals from Melvins and Earth man Joe Preston – simply by featuring vocals (albeit proccesed to hell) the track differs from much of their work.

The picture was taken in Spain and is of the Temple De Debod – a real Second Century BC Egyptian monument to Isis and Amon (damn maybe I should have used an Isis song?!)… It was donated by the Egyptian government to the Spanish in 1968 in gratitude for Spain’s aid and has stood in Madrid ever since.

This image is the first in a series of more experimental music and unusual pictures I have planned for the next few months – I’ll try to put some normal music up with normal photos too, but my shots have taken a turn towards the abstract recently so I figure the blog may too.

You can get the collaboration album between Sunn 0))) and Boris, Altar, from Amazon for a fairly hefty price here.

Or you can download it from Boris & Sunn 0))) - Altar

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