Miners and Gardeners – “Thinning”


Driving from jangly moroseness into a rousing synth-touched rock catharsis, “Thinning” is a new single from Miners and Gardeners, the Minneapolis-based project of Dan Mynes. Describing the release as “a song about the end of all things, and other happy thoughts,” Mynes impresses with a sound that evolves seamlessly, while balancing bleak reality with a rewarding payoff.

Lyrics muse on the thinning of everything — from one’s hair to the quality of relationships — while acknowledging the looming presence of the final light. A playful synth-laden reflection approaching the two-minute mark kickstarts a captivating sequence, bolstered by a blast of melodic guitars, twinkling synths, and lush wordless vocal adornments. “Thinning” is a hooky, emotive success from Miners and Gardeners.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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