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Early Day Miners

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What happens when a band of resolute perfectionists make their most accessible and upbeat rock album a departure so startling, you almost want to call it "their pop album"? When Early Day Miners loosen up, it's almost a different band. The complex layers and atmospherics are still there, but front-and-center on The Treatment are insistent basslines and straightforward melodies on multiple organs and guitars. One of the poppiest here, "So Slowly", manages to combine a buoyant Cure bassline, a wah-wah solo worthy of Robert Fripp, and yet still conveys the lazy drift of summer.

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With any number of heartfelt and vaguely anthemic indie rock bands helping to see out the first decade of the 21st century in America, it's less of an issue to find an epochal band among them and more of one to find a band that is consistently a pleasure to listen to in its own right. Well into a decade's worth of performances and recording, Early Day Miners manage that feat again on their sixth album, The Treatment, thanks to a sense of everything from classic '60s pop to an ear for keyboards that shade without adding pomp to a burst of post-punk guitar atmospherics that emerges in the oddest places, like the crisp and then queasy riffs on "So Slowly." It's also noteworthy that the most prominent element of the songs might not be the singing (polite, hazy, never strained) but the rhythm section, a surprisingly supple and subtle unit, as readily heard on the crisp taps and tension of "The Surface of Things" and the hand-percussion lead of "How to Fall." Meanwhile, the full-on smoky funk of "The Zip" is a delight, pure late-'60s ominous club scene turned into a fragile, strange portrayal of a state of mind.

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Artist Early Day Miners
Track Listing 1 In the Fire - 4:24 2 So Slowly - 6:56 3 The Surface of Things - 6:22 4 Spaces - 4:23 5 How to Fall - 5:22 6 The Zip - 5:09 7 Becloud - 8:11 8 Silver Oath - 1:59

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