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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Early Day Miners
Let Us Garlands Bring
Secretly Canadian Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Some of the old-school Midwestern post-rockers remember the under-rated band Ativin, who made some noise on the Polyvinyl label before closing up shop. Dan Burton and Rory Leitch were the driving forces behind Ativin, and afterwards the two stuck together and dove right into Early Day Miners, who have released a few singles in addition to a previous full-length all while Ativin is still somewhat active (releasing Interiors earlier this year).

On Let Us Garlands Bring, Early Day Miners explore the explosive slow core angles that reside within the songs of bands like Explosions In the Sky, but they do it with a more orchestrated approach, the plotlines unraveling over expanses of restraint. Although they have that same Low infection that made Best Boy Electric so soothing, Early Day Miners aren't afraid to flex their collective muscle, letting the spring uncoil with decisive force as they do on the album's third track, "Offshore." The taught snare cadence propels the Giant Sand/Neil Young overtones into an explosive pace, eventually grinding out a rocker as convincing as I've heard in some time.

Early Day Miners took advantage of the options afforded them by working in Burton's home studio, fleshing out the basic elements of the rock and roll quartet with layers of cello and violin, although the band performs live as a four-piece. While the basic elements are sound enough to carry the song live, stripped down, the strings ad a subtle flair to the album, eerily introducing the meat of "Offshore" and adding texture elsewhere.

Although there are artistic elements elsewhere on the album that may merit more recognition, it is the placement of the eight-minute "Offshore" as an early peak that makes the composition as a whole successful. The early introduction to the more overt but invigorating elements of the track keep the listener attentive throughout the remainder of the album. Once it snaps you to attention, Let Us Garlands Bring doesn't really let go. Beautiful, sweeping, vulnerable and gallant all at the same time.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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