Lord Huron – Love at First Listen

You know when you hear a song for the first time and it’s clearly going to be awesome?  It’s going to be one of your songs.  You will play it over and over, and it will encapsulate this period of your life.  When you listen to it, years from now, it will transport you back to this time in your life.  You’ll breath it in, and lilting fragments of places you went, things you wore, saw, read, ate and drank will wash over you.  It will feel good and just a little bit bittersweet.  
Well, this is one of those songs for me.  Time to Run by Lord Huron.

Lord Huron is a Los Angeles-based band that will be playing at Coachella this year.  We’re not going, but the hubs and I figured we should still investigate some of the smaller bands on the set lists.  It’s a great way to discover new bands to love and this is just one example of striking Coachella-playlist gold.  
Upon researching the band, I found out that their brilliant album, Lonesome Dreams was released last October (where have I been?) and that it’s based on the adventure novel series of the same name written by George Ranger Johnson.  The title of each track matches the title of the books in the series.

What makes this interesting is that it’s all completely made up.  There is no Lonesome Dreams series and there is no George Ranger Johnson – Yet this is the brilliant post-modern web that Lord Huron has weaved — It’s an album about a novel series written by a man who doesn’t exist.  But he does have a website, which you can see here.  

I adore albums and bands that play with the concepts of story telling.  And the retro-technicolor-style videos they have crafted around the story (with foreign subtitles of course) just adds to my admiration.  
Lord Huron – You’ve got yourself another fan.       

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