Lord Huron: “Lonesome Dreams”

This week Song of the Day will be counting down some of our favorite overlooked Studio 1A live sessions from 2013.

Even if it’s largely rooted to terra firma, country music has a definite cosmic quality to it–the otherworldly harmonies of the Carter Family and the ghostly ramblings of Roy Acuff attest to that fact. That intersection of atmosphere and earth is exactly where L.A.’s Lord Huron exists. The group started as a bedroom recording project for Ben Schneider in his home state of Michigan, but it blossomed into a full band after his two 2010 EPs, Mighty and Into The Sun, started catching on. The bigger musical palette proved to be a huge inspiration for Schneider. Lord Huron’s 2012 debut, Lonesome Dreams, melds folk melodies with Afro-Caribbean percussion, spaced-out guitar, and a heavy dollop of reverb.

That kind of studio magic is tricky to recreate live, but Lord Huron were more than up to the task when they visited KUTX’s Studio 1A earlier this year. The quintet highlighted the rhythmic beauty in their songs, teasing out something new after months spent on the road. “Lonesome Dreams” recalls everyone from My Morning Jacket to Fela Kuti, but it’s distinctly Lord Huron’s creation.

Watch an extra Studio 1A performance below.

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