Lord Huron – “The World Ender” (Stereogum Premiere)

Lord Huron’s 2012 debut, Lonesome Dreams, contained multitudes. The Los Angeles band’s central songwriter, Ben Schneider, sculpted each of the album’s 10 tracks to be grandiose forest fires of bellowing folk, something he achieved through a repeated process: Pack the tiny kindling up front via a guitar-led chord figure, build up to the percussive eruption, and finally, explode into a full blaze of instrumental garnishes. When executed with flair, that kind of formula still wins hearts, even a decade after Funeral (arguably) perfected it. But it’s been three years since Lonesome Dreams, and Schneider has since written and produced a new album called Strange Trails. If the bustling, restless “The World Ender” is any indication, the songwriter has branched out and found fertile ground beyond the woods, incorporating surf rhythms and keyboard textures into his work. The melty down-strummed chords that dominate the track are kinda neat, invoking both the Old West and the hazy skylines of modern California. Listen to the song below.

Check out Lord Huron’s tour dates:
04/16 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom*
04/17 Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theatre*
04/18 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox*
04/20 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot*
04/21 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen*
04/22 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre*
04/24 Kansas City, MO @ Middle Of The Map Fest
04/25 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre*
04/26 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue*
04/27 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre*
04/30 New York, NY @ Terminal 5†
05/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer†
05/02 Boston, MA @ Paradise†
05/03 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club†
05/06 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium*
05/08 New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
05/09 Houston, TX @ House of Blues*
05/10 Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall*
05/11 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek*
05/13 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre^
05/14 San Diego, CA @ North Park Theatre^
05/15 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater^
05/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern^
06/03 London, UK @ Koko
06/04 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
06/05 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
06/06 Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans
07/24 Floyd, VA @ FloydFest

Strange Trails is out 4/7 via IAMSOUND. Pre-order it at iTunes or Amazon.

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