The Mighty Rio Grande
Label: Dark Operative
Like their fellow Texans Explosions in the Sky, the instrumentalists in This Will Destroy You are never in a hurry. They layer their riffs slowly and confidently, creating patchworks of delayed arpeggios, reverberating chords and plodding bass lines, kept in line by steady, languorous drums. Songs take shape amid beds of whirring static, emerging piecemeal, one note at a time, until the party -- better make that a wake -- is in full swing.