Culture, Indie / Alternative, Releases — February 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Release: Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams


“No time to rest. I’m gonna find me a life, baby, way out west.”
Lord Huron – Ben Schneider and his accomplices – are stuck in a cow-boy movie from the 60s. Americana landscapes and revised country sound echoing through the mountain lakes (picture that?). It’s charming and sounds perfect for an outdoors breathy summer evening. But if you’re not American, or maybe Australian (you know, the natural grandeur of these countries) you might have trouble finding a real interest in closely listening to the album after a few tracks, as well as trouble distinguishing Lord Huron from Mumford and Sons, Bon Iver et al.
Here’s what label Play It Again Sam and distributor Love Da Records have to say about Lonesome Dreams (released on Jan 21st, 2013) and the band’s story.

Lord Huron

Lonesome Dreams is the brilliant debut album from rising pop experimentalists Lord Huron, led by Michigan-born songwriting prodigy Ben Schneider. A joyous collision of Appalachian percussion, rustic guitars and sumptuous harmonies lit up by lens-flare flashes of electronics, it’s a record inspired by the rust coloured canyons and characters of the Wild West with the emphasis on wild.

Tales of the great American outback have always been an inspiration, according to Schneider. “Sometimes I feel like I’m living in one of those stories,” he confides. “I wanted to look at my life and lives close to me as though they were tales from some frontier novel.”

One thing that can’t be ignored with is the scale of Schneider’s ambition. Not content with writing an album of eclectic beauty, Lonesome Dreams also encompasses short films, intriguing artwork and a series of imagined novels by a fictional ageing wordsmith, the mysterious George Ranger Johnson. “I’m interested in creating a world with its own mythology,” says the Michigan native. “I look at different media as ways to enrich the story.”

The result is an album as vast and easy to lose yourself in as a Sergio Leone cinescape. Field recordings loop and cavernous drums echo while Schneider’s layered vocals drift airily across its surface like tumbleweeds across a dusty desert sprawl. From galloping recent single ‘Time to Run’ to the gamelan groove of ‘The Man Who Lives Forever’, its charms are impossible to deny.

Lord Huron began as a solo endeavour in 2010 but Schneider has since enlisted some of his “best amigos” to turn his songs into a powerful live experience: Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). “We’ve got a pretty good working relationship,” he says. “A good wrestling match can solve almost anything we disagree about.”