I’ll be your Emmylou and I’ll be your June / If you’ll be my Gram and my Johnny too / No, I’m not asking much of you / Just sing little darling, sing with me— First Aid Kit, “Emmylou”
A lot of Indie folk these days, while sometimes good, can lapse into moody, sleepy, boring low-key-ness if not too careful. Even Iron & Wine loses me sometimes in his lo-fi almost-not-there-ness. You’re not gonna have that problem today.
An almost never-before-heard-of mix of high energy and moody folk, Lord Huron’s album “Lonesome Dreams” evokes both the rave-up sounds of the Replacements and a lonely, dusty desert landscape that would make Larry McMurtry proud. Think of Neko Case when she was touring with the Sadies, but crossed with Paul Westerburg’s rockinest punk, all tied together with the most beautiful visuals I’ve seen an on album cover in a long time. (Check out their visuals section of their website. Scroll past the spaghetti western style music videos to see their album art.)
It’s a strange brew to be sure, but it’s immediately and deeply satisfying. I’ve chosen the most Replacement-like hit for you to sample, but the whole damn album is worth a listen. This one is changing my life.