You’ll have to wait til Monday to see the full cut of “Postcard From 1952,” the dreamily sun-drenched new video from native Texans Explosions in the Sky. But if you can’t go a whole weekend without your next EITS fix, don’t fret — we’ve got this behind-the-scenes look at the making of the conceptual clip, with commentary from directors (and Austinites) Peter Simonite and Annie Gunn.
The band, which began in the Capital City back in 1999, is now well known for its cinematic style, with a signature sound blending slow-building crescendos with lazy guitar lines that perfectly embody both the beauty and, somehow, the philosophy of West Texas — which is why they were such a natural fit for the Friday Night Lights soundtrack. They’ve also contributed tracks to All The Real Girls, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Gregg Araki’s stunningly visual Kaboom, among many others.
For this latest single, off their 2011 release Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, Explosions in the Sky asked Simonite (who has worked on scores of films, including Tree of Life, Idiocracy and A Scanner Darkly) and photographer Gunn to collaborate on a clip that embodies the storytelling spirit of their epic instrumental tracks.
The result? A seven-minute video, inspired by vintage 50s family photos, that uses hazy lighting and slow motion to explore memory and nostalgia. After watching the clip above, we can’t wait to see the final product, which looks like a beautifully shot, and duly cinematic, ode to an Austin favorite.
Explosions in the Sky will be touring this summer; so far, no Austin dates announced, though they’ll be hitting Houston on 6/17.