Explosions In The Sky

Opening act: Dan Deacon

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY

Antigel features a cinemascope journey to escape and meander through the stars before a cosmic rebirth.

Explosions in the Sky has established itself as a major band on the post-rock scene, combining saturated climates with mellifluous goldsmithery. Electric and dreamlike, powerful and elegant, the Texan outfit’s instrumental rock owes as much to Mogwai’s sonic fury as to the cathartic symphonies of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Each one of their records gives you the feeling of boarding a glider that is doomed to drift eternally above daily life. It’s high-end handicraft: an exhilarating sensation, dreams at every bar with vast soundscapes unfolding. Seeing them on stage is like entering a cathedral as you stop breathing and let yourself drift into a meditative trance.

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DAN DEACON

The producer-composer and one-man band continues on his spatial journey through electronic Absurdia. Next stop: Geneva, for a delightful premiere at Antigel.

He’s been reinventing himself for the past 15 years to earn the enviable status of “experimental” composer, a label that peels off very quickly when you don’t have the means to match your ambitions. That’s how creative Dan Deacon is, the eternally young producer and jack-of-all-trades from Baltimore, a city that never ceases to surprise us with its pool of musicians. Can we really talk of electronic music here? “Deaconics” rather, and too bad if the neologism rings hollow: This synthetic sound which has managed to remain coherent while sounding like nothing else, is truly his and his only. His new album Mystic Familiar (Domino), which will drop at the end of January and his massive performance on stage at Antigel (the US artist is so inspired and lively when facing an audience!) will undoubtedly attest to that.

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DAN DEACON

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY