Lonesome Dreams

Lonesome Dreams

by Lord Huron


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Following two low-profile EPs, Lonesome Dreams is the debut from Michigan-born/Los Angeles-based sound sculptor Ben Schneider and his band Lord Huron. The wide-open pastoral feel of the album seems designed to calm the ongoing argument happening with Schneider's songwriting sensibilities, which seem conflicted between jubilant indie pop wanderlust and stoic traditionally structured Americana. The album opens with "Ends of the Earth," a jaunty and triumphant song filled with imagery of rivers, mountains, and arid desertscapes. As well constructed as the song is, it follows pretty closely the open-ended indie folk style of Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, and the like. However, as soon as the song fades out, "Time to Run" begins with watery field recordings of bells and washy synth tones before bursting into a jubilant slice of acoustic pop owing equal parts to Animal Collective's happy-go-lucky freaked sounds and Paul Simon's Afro-pop-borrowing optimism. The song is beyond catchy and beyond happy, bounding along ecstatically between huge choruses, friendly verses, and experimental found sound breakdowns.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
Label: Iamsound
UPC: 0766929998728
catalogNumber: 59
Rank: 8746


  1. Ends Of The Earth
  2. Time To Run
  3. Lonesome Dreams
  4. Ghost On The Shore
  5. She Lit A Fire
  6. I Will Be Back One Day
  7. The Man Who Lives Forever
  8. Lullaby
  9. Brother
  10. In The Wind

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Huron   Primary Artist

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Lonesome Dreams 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for great new music, start here! Great vocals. Totally worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best of its kind--and there is Nothing else quite like it. Each song could stand alone, but together they lend depth and nuance to the whole. A simple example will suffice: Lullaby is a sparsely written western morality tale that shouldn't really work with most of the other songs here, but it adds weight to the sometimes airy breeze that runs through much of the disc. The weird thing is, you won't really catch on until you've listened to it 4 or 5 times, and then you go, "Oh, yeah, this is . . . different." In this way it works a little like Highway Patrolman on Springsteen's Nebraska, but where that album parses out moral dilemmas with an almost otherworldly austerity, LH blankets the narrative with layer upon layer of multicultural folk rhythms and rich vocal harmonies. Listen to it conscientiously several times and you will be rewarded in full. If this album were a beer it would immediately refresh and then, after the initial glow and warmth, grow more complex and satisfying the longer you sip it. Oh, and the band rocks.