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"Vide Noir"

by Krisitna Livingston - Managing Editor
Tue, Apr 24th 2018 10:00 pm

Like past albums “Lonesome Dreams” and “Strange Trails,” Lord Huron has unfolded its own little plane of existence, another universe where, once you arrive, there’s truly no hope in getting out of it. The band has an extraordinary creative talent which, this time around, has been deployed to bring to life sprawling, dreamy, forgotten towns full of unsavory characters. “Vide Noir” maintains the mysterious twang and percussive-driven intensity of Lord Huron, with frontman Ben Schneider lending his timeless voice to 12 new tracks to add to the catalogue. 

Once Lord Huron’s visions and musical accompaniments grab you by the hand and pull you in, you’ll be endlessly charmed. Personal favorites include “When the Night is Over,” a hypnotic ballad of loss, and “Moonbeam,” a whimsical love letter thanking someone for their life-saving influence. The title track “Vide Noir” perfectly encapsulates the transition into an even harder, grittier sound. 

The two part “Ancient Names” highlights the rawness of the band’s musicality, hitting a sweet spot in the middle of the track list with a brilliantly high change in pace. Somehow, the group manages to lend each track a live element, making me ponder every day how far I’m willing to travel to finally see them after being a fan for five or so years. I do wish I had room to expand on every song, as “Vide Noir” is stunning with re-listen value from start to finish. 

An entire additional artistic aspect to “Vide Noir” lies in the album’s promotional material, which consisted of clips and a 30-minute “live special,” lending more psychedelic, emerald-infused visuals that further develop this third universe which does not cease to exist with the album’s descent upon physical tangibility and streaming services.  

I always appreciate a band that takes its art seriously, viewing their albums as art which has the potential to be endlessly expanded upon in any manner of ways. “Vide Noir” may exist in isolation, somewhere in a void, but it isn’t completely undiscoverable. Listeners will be able to return to “Vide Noir” for eternities. 

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