Explosions In The Sky – Postcard From 1952 (video)
Finally seeing Explosions live last month at Coachella will easily be among the top highlights of my year. The pioneers of post-rock put on a mind-melting, emotionally charged performance that shook me to the core. Explosions have just recently ventured into creating videos behind their songs. What we have been given so far are extremely well produced music videos that pair harmoniously with their strangled momentum of sound. Postcard From 1952 might be the best yet.
Postcard From 1952 nearly brings me to tears each time I hit replay. The video focuses on the suspended motion of a photograph’s subjects during the seconds leading up to their capture. These are moments mobilized in time. Increasing light from the building flash highlights the exuberance waiting to be etched on a page in some book; only to fade quickly thereafter. Though, even with the fading light, emotion carries on.
The frolics of neighborhood children bring out raw, uncharted innocence. You can see the adventure develop in their faces as each scene unfolds. The unavoidable smile machine at 3:05 is enough to brighten any day.
Even though Postcard is set in a day and age far from my own, I feel its intended effect all the same. With every shot, the human situation unravels before our eyes as an unbridled adventure. There is joy and wonderment that resonates with every special memory that I have stored away for a lifetime. Each scene is a portrayal of love and passion that is the moment; everything all at once. This is a beautifully crafted masterpiece that enlivens the world captured within.
Explosions In The Sky will be kicking off their Summer tour later this month at Sasquatch Festival. Do not miss them if they grace your hometown.