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My Education / Press

“At this point, it’s official: My Education is the greatest post-rock band ever to come out of Austin, Texas. There, I said it. Some may already be preparing hatemail; kindly direct it to tom[at]thesilentballet.com. But take this seriously, now. Don’t come to me with talk of The Octopus Project, Balmorhea, or This Will Destroy You (technically from San Marcos, but close enough), because My Education blows them all out of the water. There is that one other band that put out a soundtrack to Friday Night Lights back in the day, but it hasn’t been any good since 2003, and, frankly, half of its discography just isn’t that great. But My Education has made a habit out of greatness; the debut Five Popes (originally 2001, properly released in 2004) and sophomore effort Italian (2005) were excellent, and 2008’s Bad Vibrations was even better, but Sunrise, the group’s fifth full-length release, is unmistakably the finest achievement (so far) in the band’s remarkable career.”

“My Education (Sunrise) now enters that hall of fame. Compressing its live accompaniment to F.W. Murnau's 1927 Oscar triumph, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, the heavy instrumentalists ignite the film's riveting melodrama like its prize-winning cinematography”

“My Education cites Popol Vuh’s Herzog scores as a key influence, and nowhere is this more apparent than on the creeping drone of the superb track “A Man Alone”. Even the very concept of re-envisioning a silent film’s soundtrack has a history within the post-whatever genres; Tortoise’s live scoring of the original version of Nosferatu immediately comes to mind. These reference points are by no means meant to suggest that My Education is derivative or lacking in fresh ideas; their ability to span so many different moods and timbres is both impressive and a bit unconventional.”