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Early Day Miners
Jefferson At Rest (Secretly Canadian)

By: Cam Lindsay

Aiming for more of a "rock" approach to recording, Indiana-based Early Day Miners haven't gone all White Stripes or Strokes on everybody, not venturing very far from their lush, effects laden sounds of before. Recorded in mainman Dan Burton's Grotto Home Studio, Jefferson At Rest, the band's third full-length album explores Burton's lifelong interest in the Civil War (his mum is a historian in the subject). Maintaining their slow, shimmering sound, Early Day Miners achieve magical moments up there with such luminaries as Moose, Red House Painters and Low. In fact, when Burton and new vocalist Erin Houchin combine and rotate vocal duties, they have a flair for matching the warm and glorious sounds of Alan and Mimi from the aforementioned Low. The rock of Burton's choice may not be what currently owns the charts, but it's definitely a direction that deserves as much attention if not more. A
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