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Mines
The Way the Wind Whips the Water
Woodson Lateral Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Like a magician who upholds the honor of not revealing his secrets, the debut from Mines is a strikingly whole and well formed beginning. Refreshing and conceptually distinct, they run the gamut from bright, Minus the Bear-infused jazz ("Solo Machine"), to downbeat Latin lounge ("Swing Your Miss"), to fragmented chamber pop ("Measure Me").

The feel of the album is inherently drowsy but kempt, in the same way that The Sea & Cake is ultimately more satisfying in emptiness. They find peace during emotional hunger, and what's more, they make it seem easy. They have beautiful symmetry and depth laced in the framework of their material, with constantly surprising shifts adding thicker bits of sweetness as the songs unfold.

The Way the Wind Whips the Water is an observation piece to be plugged into careful ears as a backdrop to life's quieter moments. It suggests great ambience and spirituality, finding splendor and inspiration in everything it sees; like the treasure wrapped in every breath. Those who find daily introspection sacred will be greeted with a gentle lullaby to rest their cares away; those who have found the swirling whispers of L'altra as a comfort to them will find a kindred heart; and all who enjoy unfurling, thick instrumentalism in the grand tradition of indie-pop will find a ripe addition to appreciate.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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