It’s not everyday when your sitting at your computer ready to go out and chow down on some Chinese food when your buddy IM’s you commanding you to listen to something like Lord Huron.
It’s not everyday (or ever) that I listen too two or three songs from a band and immediately buy tickets to their show at the Troubadour in LA… and the show’s in May. And oh yea they’ve only released seven tunes. What?
The rhythms are fresh. Think Vampire Weekend, but on Neptune. The harmonies are euphoric, think Grizzly Bear or Fleet Foxes, but on friggin’ Mars. Lord Huron is doing everything right in my book and people are starting to notice. I don’t think it could have been put much better than in a recent LA weekly article:
It was the kind of music you would expect from a beachside resort on a distant planet far far away. —LA Weekly
This band has released two EP’s. The first one is called ‘Mighty’EP (four songs) and the second one is called ‘Into the Sun’ EP (three songs). Here is the title tracks from Lord Huron’s ‘Mighty’ EP and ‘Into the Sun’ EP.
Mighty – Lord Huron
Into the Sun – Lord Huron
Lord Huron is the brain child of Ben Schneider. Originally from Michigan, Ben traveled globally and initially settled on LA to hone is skills as a visual artist.
After all the travel, he returned to Michigan to record his second EP, Mighty. Both short-players were recorded completely on his own, but he recently gathered a full band in Los Angeles made up entirely of fellow Michaganers. One, Schneider’s childhood friend Mark Barry, drove across the country from Nashville, where he worked as a studio drummer. They’re joined by electric guitars, bass, theremin and other electronic effects. — Paste
His fascination with calypso music and also the polyrhythmic music of Bali and Indonesia where he traveled is very evident in Lord Huron’s music. Its refreshing to hear such complex sounding music that eases you into a state of relaxation. Here is the third track from Lord Huron’s ‘Into the Sun’ EP.
We Went Wild – Lord Huron
The global influences are definitely evident in the sound of these records but the lyrics and harmonies are very much rooted in American folk music. Think folks sounds of Laurel Canyon for the digital era. A good example of this is the last track on the ‘Mighty’ EP called “When Will I See You Again.”
When Will I See You Again – Lord Huron
The simplicity of acoustic guitars, vocals with enough reverb to make Thom Yorke cry and drums that seem to be flown in from the Caribbean are what you can expect when you see/ hear Lord Huron. He/ they have been making music publicly for less than a year. For me, to have something like this dropped in my lap made my night and made my Chinese food taste a little less greasy.
The rumor mill says they tore it up at SXSW this past week. So I guess this is a call to action to listen to Lord Huron. This band has a refreshing and relaxing sound and with a current tour in the works and a show at LA’s Troubadour on May 14th I know we are definitely going to hear a lot from Lord Huron, hopefully it will come in full length LP form.
Stranger – Lord Huron
You can buy both EPs from Lord Huron’s site here. (iTune)
Ok fine here’s one more tune.
Son of a Gun – Lord Huron
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC