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Explosions in the Sky Announce New Album Big Bend, Share “Climbing Bears”: Stream

A standalone album that builds off their score for the recent PBS documentary, Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas

Explosions in the Sky, photo courtesy of the artist
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    Explosions in the Sky ascended to indie rock stardom in the 2000s thanks to a beloved piece of Texas pop culture, Friday Night Lights; now, the Austin-based band are even further cementing themselves into Lone Star State canon with their latest project. Explosions in the Sky are readying the release of Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack for Public Television), a standalone album that builds off their score for the recent PBS documentary, Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas.

    Along with their two-decade career of studio albums, Explosions in the Sky have also been around the block when it comes to composing film soundtracks. Back in 2019, they were approached to create the score for Big Bend: The Wild Frontier of Texas, an hour-long film that landed on PBS in early 2021. The documentary captures the lives of native animals via expansive aerial views of the iconic desert landscape that makes up one of the grandest natural wonders in the world.

    On Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack for Public Television), Explosions in the Sky recontextualize their original score as a standalone album, blending together the ambient bliss of the music they composed for the documentary while also retaining the same grandiose rock of EITS most iconic tracks.

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    To preview the soundtrack, EITS shared the first single, “Climbing Bear.” It’s a rugged, homey track that evokes the seemingly never-ending views of West Texas mountains. Take a listen below.

    The album marks EITS’s first new release since their 2016’s The Wilderness. Their last soundtrack was for the 2013 war drama Lone Survivor.

    Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack for Public Television) is due out on October 1st. Pre-orders are ongoing.

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    Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack for Public Television) Artwork:

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    Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack for Public Television) Tracklist:
    01. Chisos
    02. Climbing Bear
    03. Woodpecker
    04. Spring
    05. Flying
    06. Camouflage
    07. Swimming
    08. Stories in Stone
    09. Summer
    10. Nightfall
    11. Owl Hunting
    12. Sunrise
    13. Big Horns
    14. Autumn
    15. Cubs
    16. Pallid Bats
    17. Rains Legacy
    18. Bird Family
    19. Winter
    20. Human History

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