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This Will Destroy You

This Will Destroy You (Magic Bullet)

Reviewed by Austin Powell, Fri., March 14, 2008

SXSW Platters

This Will Destroy You

(Magic Bullet)

American Analog Set once delivered demos of Explosions in the Sky's debut to imprint Temporary Residence labeled, "This fucking destroys." San Marcos-based quartet This Will Destroy You knowingly bridges those two seminal Austin influences through elongated suites of glacial post-rock and electronic ambience, providing a soundtrack to rapid eye movements. Produced by the Paper Chase's John Congleton, who also helmed EITS All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, the band's sophomore, eponymous outing never spends too much time in either terrain, evidenced by the soaring nine-minute opener, "A Three-Legged Workhorse," which fades into the humming electrical current of "Villa del Refugio." Eleven-minute cornerstone "The Mighty Rio Grande" cascades into "The Move on Tracks of Never-Ending Light," a ruminative guitar interlude sheltered with a sleet of television snow. "Burial on the Presidio Breaks" closes the album with a casual crescendo that won't destroy you but might leave you breathless. (Saturday, March 15, Hideout, 11pm.)

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