Founded in 2000 by Daniel Burton, formerly of Indiana instrumental post-rockers Ativin, Early Day Miners play structured, vocal-focused indie rock. Definitely still on the dark, emotional side of shameless slo-core, the band's sixth full-length has the same strengths and weaknesses as their previous offerings.
The songs have cool, memorable hooks and great guitar textures, but an overarching lack of enthusiasm hurts even their strongest material. As well, the eight-song mini-album is front-loaded. Starting three songs from the end, the quality takes a significant dive with The Zip, a half-baked attempt at Phil Collins.
Top track: So Slowly