Album Review: Long Lost by Lord Huron

Lord Huron are a four-piece indie folk rock band from Michigan. The band was formed by Ben Schneider and is composed of three other members. Their debut album, Lonesome Dreams ended up doing well and now Lord Huron drop their fourth studio album, Long Lost.

The first track from the album is The Moon Doesn’t Mind. The track opens up with a thirty second synth/string drone section. The synths eventually cut out like a record does when the turntable stops. It goes into your original folk section with Ben coming in on the vocals. There’s nothing too special about this track, other than that this serves as opening to the album and what we may expect later on in the album.

Mine Forever comes in with some eventful string sections and it definitely has some love track influences, with a western addition. The vocal harmonies during the verses just make this track more desirable and enjoyable from the get go. This was a promotional single for the album, but I can see why since it’s probably one of the better tracks off the album. The track ends with a french dialogue that roughly talks about not forgetting this person and seeing them in another life.

(One Helluva Performer) is one of the many interludes presented on this album. It also briefly talks about the French passage on the end of the previous track. Other than that, it’s basically the host of their WBUB radio show from Whispering Pines Studio. It also seems like he’s about to present the next track on the album.

Love Me Like You Used To definitely has more classical guitar strings used on this track. I wouldn’t say that this is as exciting as the previous track, but it does have its moments from here and there. The vocal harmonies aren’t as prominent or exciting, but we do have some female vocals that can be heard ever so slightly. This track seems to talk about a potentially fading relationship since he talks about loving him like this person used to, and that he’s changed for the better.

Meet Me in the City slows the album down with a loud and more pronounced guitar and bass section. The minimal use of instruments really highlights their vocals on this one as well. I guess I would like to see more sections with the orchestral sections since they usually cut them short and only use them sparingly in the beginning. While the beginning of the track can be a bit stale and boring, the last minute of the track starts to shine, especially with the reverb of some of the instrumentals.

(Sing For Us Tonight) is another interlude added on to the album. I’m not really sure why they added this on a track since it’s only four seconds in length. It could have easily been added on to the previous track or the next track that is about to follow. All the radio host says is, “Alright, and what would you like to sing for us tonight?”

We finally come to the title track of the album, Long Lost. This is another slowed down track from the album, however, it’s definitely more brighter in tone than the previous track. We also have a lot more orchestral strings presented on this one. This was also another promotional track for the album. According to the group, this track more so follows the beauty of nature and the disconnect and freedom of being ‘lost’ in nature.

Twenty Long Years is definitely another favorite of mine from the album, but it took some time to grow on me. The track opens up with an acoustic guitar, but it slowly starts to build up with other instruments as the track goes on. The descending line during the chorus and harmonies added to it just hits you in the feelings. This track continues to follow the story that was started at the beginning and it takes about how twenty years can take a toll on two people.

Drops in the Lake opens up with an eerily familiar guitar part. I can’t tell where I heard it before, but it seems like it’s a popular guitar lick that several musicians and bands have used. It’s another slowed down track that has a feeling like it would be played during the night since it has a darker tone to it. I do enjoy the layers of instrumentation on this one since they’re just put together so well. You don’t have any instruments that are overpowering or just hidden in the background.

We have another quick minute and a half track titled Where Did the Time Go? While it is a short track, they’re definitely taking their time with the guitar and drum part. As simple as the instrumentation is, the effects such as the reverb just leave more being wanted from this track. However, vocals wise, it seems like he is able to get the message out through this short track. It seems like the narrator is growing old and telling someone younger to life their life to the fullest.

Not Dead Yet is another short track, just under three minutes in length, but the tone of the track is quicker and upbeat. We have a raspy guitar that opens up the track, but then we have some happier guitar parts and vocals come in. However, judging by the lyrics of this track, it seems a bit darker than what it may appear. It seems like he’s tired of himself and his habits, and he doesn’t even recognize himself when he looks in the mirror.

(Deep Down Inside Ya) is one of the final scenes/interludes that we get on this album. We have a woman’s voice open up the scene, and then we have the original narrator or radio host that has appeared on the other scenes of the album.

The last scene finally leads us to I Lied. This is another track that has a western feeling to it, and we also get a feature from Allison Ponthier. Throughout this track, the narrator talks about not being able to live up to the vows that he made to his wife. However, the wife (Allison in this case) comes in and realizes the same thing but is happy that she’s finally free. In this case, it seems like both people were on the same page.

At Sea is another short track from the album, just a minute and a half in length. There’s a lot of Hawaiian and beach themed music on this track. While the track does open up with just an acoustic guitar, the true beach themes start to come in after the first verse. If you’ve ever watched Spongebob, this is that type of track. Other than that, he talks about just wanting to go get lost in the sea and be by himself.

What Do It Mean seems to carry on a similar tone from the previous track, until the electric guitars come in after the introduction. This is the high point and kind of like a conclusion for the album since the narrator is coming to terms with himself. While he talks about growing as a person and knowing the mistakes he made, he still kind of has the attitude of not caring about his life and doing whatever he wants to. At the end of the track, it repeats the final line from the track, Where Did the Time Go?

The final track we have on the album is Time’s Blur, which is actually a 14-minute long track that incorporates everything that we had heard on the album. The only difference is that everything is slowed down and warped, which makes this like an ambient-type of track. According to Ben himself, this track is supposed to represent time and how your memory starts to change and warp things that you once experienced. Other than that, it’s a beautiful piece if you have enough time to sit through all 14 minutes of it.

My first dive into a Lord Huron record and I was not disappointed. Some of the tracks in the middle were starting to just all mesh together and sound the same, but there were some decent standout tracks on this album that I will be coming back to.

Overall Rating: 7/10

Favorite Tracks: Mine Forever, Long Lost, Twenty Long Years, Not Dead Yet, What Do It Mean, Time’s Blur

Originally published at https://www.lazymusicguru.com

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