What does it sound like?:
(After my Studio review, here’s another look back at an unsung favourite of mine on its tenth anniversary. )
I found this album on a listening post in HMV Shibuya, suckered in by the sleeve sticker describing it as “a 37 minute epic in six parts”. Let’s be honest, it had me at that, and it didn’t need to be anything like the kind of emotional and musical heavyweight it is. I knew nothing about Early Day Miners at the time, but this was their fifth record – the internet variously labels them ‘post-rock’, ‘slowcore’ and other microgenres, just so you know where we’re coming from here.
The record starts with the cover, a nocturnal seascape illuminated by a sickly yellow light. It’s beautiful and slightly uneasy, setting the tone for what’s to come. “Land Of Pale Saints” opens, a pounding ten minute instrumental. There are layers and layers of guitars building on each other, muscular shoegaze augmented by rising and falling keyboard washes. About five minutes in the guitars drop out, and the drums take centre stage, as they will again and again throughout the record. Purposeful and ominous, they lend a » Continue Reading.