Explosions In The Sky release hypnotic new single ‘Flying’

It’s the band’s second cut from a soundtrack they’ve made for a nature documentary about Texas

Explosions In The Sky have shared a new track titled ‘Flying’, the latest cut from a forthcoming soundtrack the band have made for a nature documentary based on their native Texas.

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A slow-burning number, ‘Flying’ stands out with droning shoegaze guitars and a tastefully pared-back keyboard melody, washing over a cantering drum loop. The track was shared alongside a film clip, comprising slow-mo shots of a bird (specifically a Vermilion flycatcher) soaring around an idyllic mountain landscape.

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Take a look at the clip for ‘Flying’ below:

‘Flying’ is the second track to be released from ‘Big Bend (An Original Soundtrack For Public Television)’, after Explosions In The Sky shared ‘Climbing Bear’ last month. The full 20-track album is set for release on October 1, a day before the documentary – titled Big Bend: The Wild Frontier Of Texas – airs on PBS.

Narrated by Thomas Haden Church, the documentary is said to “uncover Western dramas as told by the animals themselves”.

The PBS synopsis continues: “Showcasing the natural magic of Big Bend over the course of a year, the film searches out its secret places and wild creatures, including many species of birds, butterflies, bats, reptiles, cacti and scorpions. Big Bend is home to a greater variety of these creatures than nearly any other US National Park.”

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Explosions In The Sky’s most recent album came in 2016 with ‘The Wilderness’.

They celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band in 2019 by heading out on an anniversary world tour, including a London date at Hammersmith Apollo, and sharing reissued versions of a number of their classic albums.

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