Where They Landed
Where They Landed has earned the right to take its time venturing to wherever the members please. This Cincy seven-piece concocts slithering, slow-burn expanses that move from orbit to orbit, leaving a trail of flourishes behind in the process. (The trumpet and guitars are particularly stunning.) Expect an inundation of mind-bending instrumental sounds concocted by players far too talented to come down any time soon.
You'll Dig It If You Dig: Explosions in the Sky beefing up its instrumentation and being forced to score a film noir at gunpoint (then said film noir's climax shows a city collapsing in on itself). (Reyan Ali)