The Mining Co: Burning Sun and The Atomic Powers Within

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We’ve been playing this likable slow burner quite a lot but it’s hard to write a lot about it.
The intro of opening song Country Heart reminds us of something, possibly James Taylor’s Fire And Rain, and Taylor is a good comparison.

It’s well-crafted and heartfelt, with acoustic guitar and steel/country in the background to give it a mournful feel.

It sounds like Americana made by a guy from the Heartland who spent his youth working in the fields and a-tramping the dusty roads, but The Mining Co are from London and more familiar with the M4 than Route 66.

It’s definitely got the feel of James Taylor/Laurel Canyon but for more modern comparisons, the work of Bonnie “Prince” Billy comes to mind. Like much of the latter’s music, it’s a sound that doesn’t vary much but its dirt-in-your-boots and tear-in-your-manly eye atmosphere is appealing. It’s mood music, and it suits that mood to a T.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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