- for introducing me to Explosions in the Sky. Nothing to do with how Japan lost WW2, this is a four-part instrumental group from Texas and Mr G played their "The Birth and Death of the Day" on Radio 2 on Sunday afternoon.
It is very, very rare that I hear a bit of music and think "wow". But in this case it seemed appropriate. It spoke to the unreconstructed stadium rocker buried deep within me - not that I have ever rocked a stadium, or in one, or am likely to. It's prog rock without all the embarrassing silly hair and costumes and inability to sing. It's Mike Oldfield joins Sky and goes heavy. It's just bloody good guitar music.
Sadly Youtube doesn't have "The Birth and Death of the Day", so here's "Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean" (I gather all their titles have a similar verbosity). How nice to be reminded, in this day and age, that something good can come out of Texas.