Exposé Online banner

Early Day Miners — Placer Found
(Western Vinyl West 008, 2000, CD)

by Mike Ezzo, Published 2001-12-01

Placer Found Cover art

Well, the Exposé credo is to spotlight the boundaries of rock, so that must mean this young American group fits the mold. Unlike the mostly Euro-prog based music we cover, EDM has a truly American sound, befitting marvelously a band who hails from, as they do, the Midwest. Their lineup is very simply bass, drums, a couple guitars (almost always played without any distortion or other effects devices) and some vocals. Maybe a touch of acoustic piano here or there, but definitely this is an organic sound, that relies almost exclusively on creating a smooth rolling soundscape with the most fundamental sound sources. The drummer plays with hot rods, which are between brushes and sticks, perfect for the calm setting, and low volume. Vocals whisper like winds over the plains; guitars dab ever so lightly their watercolor images on the sonic canvas. Imagine what you would get by hearing REM playing in the mold of Daniel Lanois, or Harold Budd, crazy as it may seem. I certainly don’t mean to say these are influences. But Budd grew up in the Mojave Desert, a place very similar to the imagery on the cover of this CD, and that which is captured in their songs. That kind of ghost town starkness is a common thread between the two. It’s a direction that few others have trod, making Early Day Miners a band worthy of your attention.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 23, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Early Day Miners (EDM)

Latest news

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Jack o' the Clock and Zero Times Everything, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Dreamworld - On Flight to the Light – From the Black Forest city of Freiburg in southern Germany hail the multi-talented Fichter brothers, Klaus and Rolf. In 1972 they released on the Brain label an album called A Meditation Mass, using...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues