Fall has arrived and so has a contender for my album of the year. I thought The Lumineer’s self-titled was going to cruise home unchallenged, but that’s not the case.
Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron has arrived and it left quite the impression on first listen and again on subsequent listens. It captures a lot of what I loved in my favorite album of last year, Youth Lagoon’s The Year of Hibernation. There’s a certain mystic quality about both of them. While the latter is easily called dreampop, the former is a bit harder to classify.
Dreamy music, no matter how it’s classified has a great draw on my ear. Lonesome Dreams proves this; especially the signature stretch from She Lit A Fire to I Will Be Back One Day to The Man Who Lives Forever. Those three are among my favorites and to have them back-to-back-to-back out of the ten tracks is quite a stretch of music that I’ll go back to if I’m only listening to 10 minutes at a time.
Another trait Lonesome Dreams seems to share with The Year of Hibernation is the standalone quality of the individual tracks–they can be listened to as singles or they can come together in cohesive matter that creates an album as opposed to just a collection of singles. Simply, the listening experience is rewarded with one track flowing nicely into the next.
So fall has arrived and it has unsettled the complacency of summer. I thought I knew my favorite album of 2012. Now I’m not sure.
Regardless (and without any doubts), Lonesome Dreams is one my favorite albums of this year. I’m just going to enjoy it some more and not worry about it. It is out today. Featured below are Time To Run and Brother.