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After two albums of Mumfords-y folk rock, Lord Huron scored an unexpected hit with “The Night We Met” after it was used in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and it landed the band their first major label deal. And instead of capitalizing on the sound that made them famous, Lord Huron took a daring left turn and made their most creative album yet. (They also did a superior re-recording of “The Night We Met” featuring Phoebe Bridgers.) Maybe the major label budget helped them achieve their most ambitious musical dreams, but luckily it didn’t affect their process.

Main member Ben Schneider produced the album himself, and he brought in Flaming Lips collaborator Dave Fridmann to mix it. The result is their most psychedelic and their most rockin’ album, and Schneider still came armed with an arsenal of sticky hooks. The album still has a couple folky ballads that recall their earlier work (“Wait by the River,” “Back from the Edge”), but for the most part this is an entirely new and improved Lord Huron. “Never Ever,” “Ancient Names (Part II),” “Secret of Life,” and the title track were some of the year’s best driving rock songs, while the droning, krautrock-ish “Ancient Names (Part I)” and the sleepy “When The Night Is Over” were some of the year’s best psychedelia. And even as the album genre hops, the artistically slick production keeps it sounding cohesive.

Schneider’s recognizable voice of course ties everything together too, but there weren’t many indie rock albums this year where the production style and the rhythm section were just as distinct as the singer. Vide Noir didn’t score Lord Huron another Hot 100 charting song like “The Night We Met,” but it’s packed to the gills with could-be hits. It’s one of those albums where, once you’re into it, your favorite song will probably change over and over again. “Ancient Names” and “Never Ever” are the early standouts, but once you outplay them, that nice little nugget of a closer (“Emerald Star”) starts getting really addictive.

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Oh little darling/don’t you look charming/here in the eye of a hurricane – well you know, with a good hat, soft lighting and the right amount of blusher, anything is possible. Upbeat, up-tempo, lots of gee-tar: my top twenty sort of needed this – and the album is an overlooked gem of 2015.

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, Vide Noir is available now released April 20th.

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For all the appeal of Lord Huron’s elegiac, ethereal Americana, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver were ahead of them in a very crowded field. So after two albums of hymnal beauty with acoustic guitars – and the track, The Night We Met,  the Michigan band led by Ben Schneider have changed course.

Now on a major label, the songs no longer conjure up vast rural or mountainous landscapes but the even more widescreen spaces of the cosmos. The title means “black void”, and vast swaths of reverb and echo (sculpted by Flaming Lips’ producer Dave Fridmann) create a celestial wall of sound; many of the songs have astral themes or metaphors. Writing on bass guitar has given the music a more powerful chassis, from Killers-like throb to subtle funk. Any remaining acoustic guitars have been blasted beyond recognition.

With their first release on a major label, Los Angeles based band Lord Huron are more popular than ever. Their third album Vide Noir is beloved by critics and fans alike and we welcome them for a live set in the midst of a nationwide headlining tour.

Lord Huron has morphed from the solo project of Ben Schneider to a full-fledged band and their sound has grown with it. It’s a bountiful collection of texture and rhythm from one of our favorite american bands.

Schneider’s best songs tap into the desolate beauty of the loner, who now has a much bigger universe to get lost in

Musicians: 
Ben Schneider – lead guitar/lead vocals
Mark Barry – drums
Thomas Renaud – guitar/backup vocals
Miguel Briseno – bass
Brandon Walters – guitar/backup vocals
April Boyce – keys/backup vocals

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The Lord Huron song “The Night We Met” found its way into the massively popular, albeit oft-maudlin, series, 13 Reasons Why with a new take on their hit song featuring the noir-ish indie songstress Phoebe Bridgers. 

“The Night We Met” is a track from Lord Huron’s 2015 release, the spacey indie-folk travel log “Strange Trails”. Bridgers’ vocal contribution expands the song’s already-haunting melody to encompass a deeper sense of melancholia, something she also comfortably emits on her critically adored 2017 LP Stranger in the AlpsLord Huron’s Ben Schneider and Bridgers are likely collaborators, too: Each have traversed the spectrum of indie-folk sounds, though Bridgers says she isn’t yet committed to a confined style.

Lyrically, her gorgeous 2017 debut album Stranger in the Alps – which she recorded independently before being signed to the Dead Oceans label – grapples a lot with death. The late Lemmy from Motörhead and David Bowie are both referred to, while the song Funeral was inspired by a boy Bridgers knew who died of a heroin overdose. “Jesus Christ, I’m so blue all the time and that’s just how I feel, always have and always will,” she sings, the mournful mood recalling the late American miserabilist Elliott Smith.  Yet, in person, Bridgers could hardly be sunnier. “I didn’t realise there was such a heavy theme on the record until I started recording the album.

The standout single from Stranger in the Alps, was “Motion Sickness” it has amassed more than half-a-million views on YouTube and is an exquisite evisceration of a former lover. “I faked it every time,” she sings, before landing another blow to the solar plexus: “And why do you sing with an English accent?/ I guess it’s too late to change it now.”

The song, she tells me, is about the Grammy-nominated singer- songwriter Ryan Adams, whom she met in 2015. “A mutual friend in LA was like, ‘Ryan would like you’. He really was just trying to get me recording and trying to get Ryan to hear me, but Ryan was like, ‘Let me see a picture of her’.” Bridgers says that she and Adams “ended up hanging out all night and recording a song together called Killer. Then, a couple of weeks later, he was suddenly trying to hook up with me. I was super-down and had just broken up with my high-school boyfriend. We slept together on his 40th birthday and I’d just turned 20.”

She wrote Motion Sickness after they broke up. What did he think of it? “We were back on good terms by then but after I sent him the song he didn’t talk to me for 24 hours. Then he sent me a sweet text saying ‘it’s a great song’,” she says. “Yes, interesting character…”

Bridgers wrote “Smoke Signals” in a cabin outside Ketchum, Idaho, last spring. It finds her somberly emoting against a backdrop of guitar chords and orchestral swells. Sometimes her words are poetic: “I wanna live at a Holiday Inn where somebody else makes the bed/ We’ll watch TV while the lights on the street put all the stars to death.” Other times she’s more straightforward but just as powerful: “All of our problems, I’m gonna solve them/ With you riding shotgun, speeding ’cause fuck the cops.” References to Bowie, the Smiths, and Motörhead might capture your attention, but the recurring image of trash burning on the beach is what will linger with you.

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“Smoke Signals” is out digitally and available as a 7″ backed by “Motion Sickness (Demo)” at Bridgers’ upcoming shows.

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Vide Noir was written and recorded over the past two years at Lord Huron’s Los Angeles studio and informal clubhouse, Whispering Pines, and was mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips/MGMT). Singer, songwriter and producer Ben Schneider found inspiration wandering restlessly through his adopted home of L.A. at night. A true multi-media artist, Schneider has once again created an adorned world to inhabit within Vide Noir: the album is accompanied by a wealth of imagery, films and immersive experiences crafted to expand upon its narratives and themes.

Music video by Lord Huron performing Wait By The River. © 2018 Whispering Pines Studios Inc., under exclusive license to Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings,

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Lord Huron’s new album Vide Noir will be out April 20th, but you can listen to two new tracks today – “Ancient Names Pt. 1” and “Ancient Names Pt. 2”. The gang will also be touring across the US this spring.

Lord Huron, the folk-adjacent rock band helmed by Michigan-born singer and guitarist Ben Schneider, will release their third LP Vide Noir on April 20th. With the announcement, “Ancient Names,” an eery, unresolved tale of a crystal ball vision that amplifies the band’s characteristic thematic darkness into distorted garage rock.

The new album was inspired by driving Los Angeles after dark, Schneider explained in a statement:

“My nighttime drives ranged all over the city—across the twinkling grid of the valley, into the creeping shadows of the foothills, through downtown’s neon canyons and way out to the darksome ocean. I started imagining Vide Noir as an epic odyssey through the city, across dimensions, and out into the cosmos. A journey along the spectrum of human experience. A search for meaning amidst the cold indifference of The Universe.”

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Lord Huron’s previous album, the melodic and spooky Strange Trails, was released in April 2015; they’ve spent much of the intervening three years on tour. Vide Noir arrives from Whispering Pines/Republic Records (a new arrangement for the band, whose previous two albums were released by indie label IAMSOUND).

 

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“Oh little darling/don’t you look charming/here in the eye of a hurricane”  well you know, with a good hat, soft lighting and the right amount of blusher, anything is possible. Upbeat, up-tempo, lots of gee-tar: my top twenty sort of needed this  and the album is an overlooked gem of 2015.

Ben Schneider, the frontman of Lord Huron, isn’t just a singer. He’s also an art-school grad and gifted illustrator who logged time working a graphic design gig in Los Angeles before his musical side-project took off. Now the frontman of one of the biggest indie-folk bands of the moment has found a way to incorporate his artistic background.

MTV News recently caught up with the 31-year-old Michigan native, who dreamt up the elaborate fictional worlds that inspire Lord Huron’s debut album, Lonesome Dreams, and its brand-new follow-up, Strange Trails. There are complex characters and expertly woven narratives, mapped out with the help of movie trailers and comic books. At a time when most discographies read more like personal diaries

“I’ve always found, at least for me personally, fiction can speak more succinctly and eloquently about reality than a documentary can, especially when it’s crafted carefully,” Schneider said,

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“Fool For Love” opens with a delicate wash of humming bells, a distant organ drone and a few carefully plucked strings. It’s a beautiful, meditative mix that shimmers with the kind of hope and determination that only a new day can hold in its earliest hours, just after waking, before the inevitable letdown.

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What unfolds after it is a sepia-toned story song from another time, when honorable men resorted to fisticuffs to win a woman’s heart. “I’m leaving this place behind, and I’m heading out on the road tonight,” sings frontman Ben Schneider. “Before I commence my ride, I’m askin’ Lily to be my bride.”

As Schneider tells his tale, the music kicks along with cocksure resolve, punctuated by ringing guitar riffs and shuffling rhythms. It swells and ebbs like a sighing heart, heavy with the weight of love. But there’s a melancholy undertone to it all, as if he knows, down deep inside, he isn’t really going to get the girl, or if he is, it’ll never live up to his expectations. Sort of like the strange, uncertain looks Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross give each other at the end of The Graduate.

Based in Los Angeles, Lord Huron will release their full length second album , Strange Trails, on April 7th. It comes three years after the folk rock group’s 2012 debut Lonesome Dreams.

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Lord Huron are back – with an album packed with all the fire, brimstone, passion and poetry that first made you fall in love with them. Hear Strange Trails .A runaway train of indie-folk, Strange Trails takes you on a heart-searing train of full speed blistering rock-alongs to the more tender waltez – taking in one hell of a vivid view along the way.”There’s no direct narrative connection between Strange Trails and the previous album Lonesome Dreams. The stories here are separated by time, location and characters,” says Lord Huron of the record. “Many of the themes have carried over and evolved, but there’s a touch of something more sinister and evil lurking here; an underlying darkness and unease. I envisioned it as an anthology of weird fiction.
“In addition to what you hear on the record, we’ll be expanding the stories and characters in a number of ways including comic books, music videos, web sites, an interactive phone number and hopefully a short film. Tales of greasers, ghosts, crooners, cowboys, beauties & beasts wind, overlap and tangle.”

Ben Schneider describes “Strange Trails,” his new album as Lord Huron, as an anthology of weird fiction with “no direct narrative connection” between this their second release and 2012′s widely lauded and lovely “Lonesome Dreams.” “The stories here are separated by time, location and characters,” the Los Angeles.-based Michigan native explains, although “many of the themes have carried over and evolved.” What has also carried over is Lord Huron’s palette of burnished Americana. If there’s a way to sound like a John Ford Western, Schneider and bandmates Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals) have it down. The new single “Fool for Love” traverses the dusty plain at a comfortable gallop, spinning a tale about man competing for a woman’s affection. “Strange Trails” is out on April 7th via IAMSOUND Records.

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Last week, Lord Huron — the L.A.-based band helmed by native Michigander Ben Schneider — released a short teaser video (but precious little other info) for their new album “Strange Trails.” Schneider and company won hearts and minds with the cinematic folk music on their Western-flavored debut “Lonesome Dreams” in 2012, but beyond the teaser and some recently posted single artwork, Lord Huron had been playing it close to the vest. Today, however, the band unveiled a full song from the new album; “The Night We Met” is a shimmering ballad of regret in which Schneider sings “Don’t know what I’m supposed to do / Haunted by the ghost of you.” It’s almost too beautiful Meanwhile, there’s still no date announced for the release of “Strange Trails.”.