Somewhere between Fleet Foxes and The Black Keys lies a bourbon-soaked niche occupied by Lord Huron. This LA four-piece deals in worn, sepia-tinged folk-rock marked more by its earnestness than anything else – the kind of music that lends itself well to television soundtracks – and indeed it’s here that the band have had their most notable moment on the world stage. Last year, their sweeping 2015 song ‘The Night We Met’ formed a crucial part of the soundtrack to the controversial Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, and thanks to that spotlight, the song was certified Platinum in January.
In the wake of that unexpected mainstream success, the band have stepped up a level for their third album ‘Vide Noir’, signing to a major label (Universal’s Republic Records) and working with big names such as Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT) and Sonny DiPerri (Warpaint, Animal Collective). The concept is bigger, too. The album title is French for ‘black void’ and its contents find Schneider’s narrator working his way through a trippy and inextricable mix of heartbreak and depression; the ambitious story of the album involves a runaway lover, a narrator questioning reality and an ominous emerald star that promises epiphany. Spoiler: it doesn’t end well.
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