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Lord Huron

Might/Into the Sun

(Self-released; US: 10 Nov 2010; UK: Import)

A pair of EPs reissued in one handy package

LA-based Michigan transplant Lord Huron is a chamber-poppish outfit which has reissued its two previous EPs in one handy package. Utilizing a sonic palette that incorporates everything from steel drums (“Mighty”) to sitar (“We Went Wild”), the band takes an eclectic approach to its high-energy but never abrasive material. With several songs clocking in at five minutes or more, tunes have time to grow and develop, typically incorporating several mini-movements or transitional sections. “The Stranger” is built around a bed of warm guitar and thrumming percussion, with reverb-affected vocals mixed well down into the stew, as the band seems to prefer. This is low-key, sunny-day music, easy on the ears but layered enough to be engaging. Looking for anger, angst or attitude? Look elsewhere.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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