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Early Day Miners

The gloomy, Americana-inflected slowcore of Bloomington, Indiana's Early Day Miners could be the soundtrack to a lost Jim Jarmusch film or the anthem for a forgotten Nevada ghost town. On their latest Secretly Canadian release, the stark All Harm Ends Here, vocals rarely rise above a mumble, instruments are played with ascetic restraint, and tension lies just beneath the pastoral surface of Spartan laments. The band's somber compositions often lead it to be tagged as a descendant of Low and Red House Painters, but the tunes' most obvious lineage can be traced to the eerie American Gothic recordings of Rex, the almost-forgotten '90s Brooklyn ensemble that incorporated banjos and other American roots-music elements into its oblique, introspective dirges. Early Day Miners have taken this approach even further, creating haunting, captivating and perplexing music that threatens at every turn to collapse softly into its own fragile beauty.
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Eryc Eyl
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