Vinyl Vault Entry #8: Instrumental Grace of Explosions in the Sky's 'The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place'
The implicit ambiguity of instrumental music allows for endless interpretations and emotional reactions. For the eighth entry of the T&E vinyl vault, writer Brandon Biallas picks Explosions in the Sky's post-rock album The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place and writes about the compelling beauty he experiences with each listen.
Vinyl Vault Entry #4: Storybook & Prog Rock Adventures with The Hobbit Complete Original Soundtrack (1977)
There's something special about listening to a storybook on vinyl, and The Hobbit (1977) soundtrack is no exception. The record features the entire audio from the film, including the killer folk-infused prog rock musical score. For the 4th vinyl vault entry, T&E founder and wizard Parisa Eshrati discusses her nostalgic love for this soundtrack, the incredible inserts included in this pressing, as well as her appreciation for working at a local record store.
T&E writer Brian Denton honors Stevie Nicks' birthday by writing about her legendary '81 debut solo album, Bella Donna. He discusses the brand new 2020 all-analog remastered pressing on blue marble vinyl, and finding serenity in his favorite song "Outside the Rain".