Thursday, October 22, 2015

Miner - Better Instincts

Introducing Los Angeles-based folk-rock quartet Miner, comprised of husband & wife Justin and Kate Miner, along with Justin's brother Jeremy Miner and drummer Tobias Urbanczyk. For their follow-up to their 2014 debut album, Into The Morning, Miner packed a car full with every instrument they owned and traveled up the west coast to Seattle to record with producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Modest Mouse, Band of Horses). Recorded and mixed over the span of five weeks, the resulting album is titled Tuanaki, after an island in the south Pacific that was discovered by sailors in the 19th century, but then subsequently disappeared when they attempted to return. The first single to be lifted from Tuanaki is called "Better Instincts," which explores the perpetual inner battle between our aspirations and darker impulses — a battle often lost despite our best intentions.

Speaking on the track, Miner says:

"We decided to personify the narrator’s worst instincts as the cloaked figure — and make the attempted escape from those tendencies literal. In reality, the cloaked figure is simply a part of himself that he’d rather forget, and therefore something he may not be able to outrun."

Watch the video for "Better Instincts", directed by Justin Krook with cinematography by Michael Dwyer, below.

Tuanaki is planned for release early 2016.

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