Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams

Love Fleet Foxes? This will rattle your chain

Ostensibly the nom de plume
of Michigan-born Ben
Schneider, Lord Huron is also,
like Blondie, a group: and
a pretty darn fantastic group
to boot. Following a brace of
EPs, Lord Huron have tapped
into the mythical psyche of an
imaginary Western plainsman
and crossed that with gamelan
rhythms and chord sequences
that seem to have been field-recorded
in the Arabian Desert
night. Schneider and his four
hombres are all great harmony
singers, but what’s more
remarkable is the intricacy of
their combined musical and
production skill.

Consider: this album was
made for a pittance. Starting
with Ends Of The Earth and
the epic cowboy lament Time
To Run, the band constructs
a seamless passage through
songs that exist individually
and as a suite. Ingenious
drop-outs and fade-ins and
the sheer Technicolor ambition
of tracks such as the
Morricone-esque The Man
Who Lives Forever indicate
Lord Huron will not only
appeal to devotees of Robin
Pecknold and Tim Smith, but
also to chilled club crews looking for something that
drapes electronic vision over
dusty authenticity. Sounding
classic on arrival, Lonesome
Dreams is certainly the best
album of its kind since
Damien Jurado’s Maraqopa.

5 stars 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars 5 stars

Play It Again Sam | PIASR 585 CDX (CD / LP)

Reviewed by Max Bell
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