Explosions In The Sky - "Postcard From 1952" Video

Unless we’re counting the entire five-season run of Friday Night Lights, triumphant instrumental churn-rockers Explosions In The Sky had never made a music video before last year. They’re now on their third one, following “Last Known Surroundings” and “Be Comfortable Creature,” but the new clip for “Postcard From 1952″ hits way closer to the group’s emotional core than the previous two.

The video is a period piece, but that doesn’t much matter. What matters is the way it sets contemplative slow-motions shots of big life moments (first steps, birthday parties, Christmas mornings) to the band’s slow-building, ringing guitars. It’s gorgeous, and it reminded me of The Tree Of Life even before I learned that Tree Of Life cinematographer Peter Simonite co-directed it, alongside Annie Gunn. Watch it at the Huffington Post.

The Explosions In The Sky album Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is out now on Temporary Residence. But it from eMusic.

Comments (7)
  1. Michael_  |   Posted on May 7th, 2012 +3

    I can’t figure out whether I’m happy to be alive or sad that I’m no longer a kid after watching that.

    Also, my ‘Gum reading days have reached a new level of over-saturation when the tweet that brings me here has the word “gorgeous” in it, leading me to assume it’ll be a Tom post. And sure enough, “Gorgeous” Tom strikes again…

    • Hi,

      Thank you for sharing this video. I’m glad you like it.

      It is worth clarifying one thing. I didn’t shoot Tree of Life. I was lucky enough to shoot some 2nd unit under the direction of the brilliant Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki. He is a real genius and a wonderful guy. I learned a lot from him.

      Thanks, again. I hope y’all like it.

      Sincerely,
      Peter Simonite

  2. Fantastic song, pointless video. The cinematography is gorgeous, but the cliché-ridden shots of lil’ kids, just tossed in there at random, are pretty uninspired.
    I guess the director thinks the mere concept of procreation is automatically supposed to tug at everyone’s heartstrings, referring to the video as universal in its imagery. Which is kinda arrogant and narrowminded.

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