Lord Huron

Mighty EP

Self-Released

Dec 08, 2010 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


Even in Mighty’s quieter moments, something gloriously untamed lurks just under the surface. Sure Lord Huron traffics in the same multi-part harmonies, tribal beats, and devil-may-care charm that transformed the careers of Grizzly Bear and Local Natives into indie gold. Sure it’s the singular vision multi-tasking musician Ben Schneider. Sure it was recorded as a bedroom project and later fleshed out with a full band. But breaking it down to individual elements only tells part of the story. 

There’s an emotional thread running through Lord Huron’s second effort. (Into the Sun EP was released via Bandcamp earlier this year.) The four tracks—in all their sunny, tropics by way of Los Angeles glory—are woven together by a series of catchy, chanted choruses, frosted with Schneider’s heart on his sleeve sentimentality. His warm voice is a welcome topping to the calypso-influenced “Mighty,” found-sounds of “Son of a Gun,” and folky refrains of “The Stranger.” Lyrics as more than just a collection of words and sounds, Lord Huron boasts an element of storytelling often missed by many harmony-trafficking bands, particularly during “When Will I See You Again”—which plays like the melancholy sequel to narrative-heavy “The Problem With Your Daughter,” and the strains of wanderlust romance in “Son of a Gun.” As a result, Lord Huron walks the line between heart-broken poet and party band with aplomb—interplay between the two identities coaxing out a unique dynamism in even the longest of chanted choruses. Another enticing chapter in the Lord Huron legacy, he’s sure to capture more ears, yearning to run wild—or perhaps just yearning for a full-length. (www.lordhuron.com)

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