11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s safe to assume that fans of My Morning Jacket will take an immediate liking to the first song on Lord Huron’s 2012 debut album, Lonesome Dreams. “Ends of the Earth” finds frontman Ben Schneider singing in a high, throaty croon similar to that of MMJ frontman Jim James (right down to the gratuitous amounts of reverb). But there are sublime spaghetti western undertones resonating here; they have more in common with Bob Dylan’s 1973 score for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid than anything related to Ennio Morricone. Aside from using a similar amount of reverb, “Time to Run” sounds like Schneider is being backed by a different band. With no trace of the Old West, this song skitters on the layered percussion of Afrobeat grooves that recall Paul Simon’s Graceland while sunny melodies radiate from verse to chorus. This contrast between Americana and experimental folk is balanced throughout Lonesome Dreams. “I Will Be Back One Day” could be a Ryan Adams song, while “The Ghost on the Shore” shimmers with a Devendra Banhart–style wizardry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s safe to assume that fans of My Morning Jacket will take an immediate liking to the first song on Lord Huron’s 2012 debut album, Lonesome Dreams. “Ends of the Earth” finds frontman Ben Schneider singing in a high, throaty croon similar to that of MMJ frontman Jim James (right down to the gratuitous amounts of reverb). But there are sublime spaghetti western undertones resonating here; they have more in common with Bob Dylan’s 1973 score for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid than anything related to Ennio Morricone. Aside from using a similar amount of reverb, “Time to Run” sounds like Schneider is being backed by a different band. With no trace of the Old West, this song skitters on the layered percussion of Afrobeat grooves that recall Paul Simon’s Graceland while sunny melodies radiate from verse to chorus. This contrast between Americana and experimental folk is balanced throughout Lonesome Dreams. “I Will Be Back One Day” could be a Ryan Adams song, while “The Ghost on the Shore” shimmers with a Devendra Banhart–style wizardry.

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About Lord Huron

Lord Huron began as a solo project by Michigan-born/Los Angeles-based musician Ben Schneider in the spring of 2010. On a trip home to Michigan, Schneider recorded three songs inspired by communing with nature. These songs were later released as the Into the Sun EP, and Lord Huron was born. The songs quickly gained recognition and a live band was assembled to flesh out the songs in a live setting. Lord Huron began performing as a band in August of 2010 and quickly began touring, developing their live show as they went. In November of 2010 a second EP, entitled Mighty, was released, and coupled with a video for the standout track "The Stranger." The year 2011 was full of touring, with appearances at larger festivals like South by Southwest, Outside Lands, and Lollapalooza. At this point Schneider solidified his band lineup with childhood friends Mark Barry on drums, Brett Farkas on guitar, Miguel Briseno on bass, and Tom Renaud on guitar. In January of 2012, Lord Huron signed with independent label IAMSOUND Records and began work on their indie folk debut full-length, Lonesome Dreams, which was released later that year and led to an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After extensive touring, a second album, the Western-themed Strange Trails, was recorded in 2014 at Whispering Pines Studios in Los Angeles. It was released in early 2015 and hit the Top 25 in the U.S. and Canada. ~ Fred Thomas

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