Ever since I stumbled upon Strange Trails, Lord Huron have been one of my favorite acts in music, so I jumped all over their follow-up, Vide Noir. I’ve always loved and been drawn to their blend of folky pop sounds that have always been reminiscent of Bon Iver, if not played a bit more straightforward. On Vide Noir, as implied by the title, they take things in a much more somber, bleak direction than before but not necessarily from a personal standpoint, but from the nature of their pulpy, anti-hero storytelling that feels like they’re telling tales from the perspective of some Clint Eastwood-type noir character. Even though their sound is more bleak than before, the soundscapes they create still have great pop to them and are highly enjoyable to listen to nonetheless. It’s a great blend of folk, pop, and bursts of psychedelia. It’s a beautiful nighttime blend that’s at times cinematic in nature – with the best way of describing it is as psychedelic sci-fi folk western. They may not be as commercially or critically recognized as say a Bon Iver, but they’re quietly putting together an impressive discography and Vide Noir is further evidence that they’re one of the most interesting acts in folk.
ZHU's music has always been fairly chilled out but he seems to crank that sultry, expansive vibe to another level here and that makes his airy vocals pair even better with the backing soundscapes. I like what I'm hearing so far and can't wait to see what else he has in store for this year.
Wye Oak's latest feels decidedly more accessible than say "Civilian", but in reality their compositions are as dense and layered as ever, but the new synth and rhythm additions make their sound so much more expansive. And it's the interplay between the bright expansive backdrop and the highly introspective lyrics, sung through her still incredibly beautiful airy vocals, that make this such a fulfilling listen.
I'm not saying The Decemberists come off as gimmicky or overtly "hipster" but I have no problem imagining many of the songs here being played at a local renaissance fair or in the soundtrack to one of Wes Anderson's latest movies, and not in an ironic way either. But for as much as I found myself eye rolling, I found myself singing along, which in itself is the ultimate goal of music isn't it.
“Heaven won’t let me in, I don’t know why No one ever loved half as much as I Everyone’s a sinner in the balancer’s eye I’ve prayed enough, I rolled the dice Anyone’s luck can turn, I’ve heard Not soon enough, I gave my word”
Have you heard Vide Noir? What’d you think about it? Do you think Lord Huron are criminally underappreciated in music? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
Lord Huron – Vide Noir Reaction
Lord Huron's latest is a beautiful nighttime blend that's at times cinematic in nature - with the best way of describing it is as psychedelic sci-fi folk western. They may not be as commercially or critically recognized as say a Bon Iver, but they're quietly putting together an impressive discography and Vide Noir is further evidence that they're one of the most interesting acts in folk.