Michigan native Ben Schneider started Lord Huron as a solo project, generating some buzz with a couple of EP's released in 2010. Although Schneider still writes all the material and is unquestionably the main brain behind the music, Lord Huron has evolved into a full fledged band as they release their debut full length. Schneider now has relocated to Los Angeles and his love of both areas shines through on Lonesome Dreams.
This is an album as much at home in a cold Michigan winter as it is the sunshine of L.A. Schneider's music is rooted in folk and he certainly has affection for rich, reverbed vocals, which not surprisingly have drawn comparisons to bands like Fleet Foxes. I found the EP's a bit hit or miss, but Lonesome Dreams is a fully realized musical statement and a fine album from start to finish.
The album starts and finishes with two of its best songs. Opener "Ends Of The Earth" is overflowing with choral vocals and a sweet melody while "In The Wind" brings things to a close with an acoustic based declaration of love. "The Ghost On The Shore" is an essential folk/pop ballad, the prettiest song on Lonesome Dreams. First single "Time To Run" is a stomping, bouncy number with a Western themed video that captures the vibe of much of the album better than any description I could give it.
Schneider and company are set to make their mark in the folk/pop scene with Lonesome Dreams, an album as fitting for the upcoming winter, as it is the bright heat of the summer. A perfect musical companion for all environments.
Lonesome Dreams was released October 9, 2012 on the IAMSOUND label.