Last week, Lord Huron made five unreleased songs from their forthcoming album Vide Noir available to stream ahead of their tour stop at The Pageant on September 21st. By going to followtheemeraldstar.com, fans share their location, which launches a map that leads them to unique outdoor spots (including hikes, national parks, beaches and even a volcano) where they can listen. The band has now added additional emerald star locations in every state across the U.S.
The group has hinted at further immersive experiences to come, crafted to expand upon the album’s narratives and theme. A true multi-media artist, singer/songwriter/producer Ben Schneider has once again created a hidden world to inhabit within Vide Noir.
Vide Noir will be released April 20 on Whispering Pines/Republic Records. The band recently performed the lead single “Wait by the River” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The song is already the subject of widespread critical praise; the Los Angeles Times proclaims, “It’s a gorgeous song, one with the majesty of a 1950s doo-wop ballad,” while TIME furthers, “‘Wait by the River’ is more a mood than a song, a meandering moment that thrums with thoughtful production. The dreamy lo-fi rock tune feels like a reverie: a soundtrack to nostalgia and regret, given a sweet musical touch that belies its darkness, inspired by solo wanderings around nighttime L.A…sometimes, just that simple message is worth remembering.” Vide Noir can be pre-ordered at https://LordHuron.lnk.to/VideNoirPR.
Additionally, Lord Huron’s worldwide tour will kick off next week. Even as the band headlines their largest venues to date, many shows (including New York City, Chicago, Boston, Oakland and Seattle) have sold-out months in advance. Every pair of tickets ordered for the U.S. headlining tour includes a copy of Vide Noir. Tickets for the dates are on sale now at http://lordhuron.com.
Vide Noir was written and recorded over the past two years at Lord Huron’s Los Angeles studio and informal clubhouse, Whispering Pines, and was mixed by Dave Fridmann(The Flaming Lips/MGMT). Schneider found inspiration wandering restlessly through his adopted home of L.A. at night: “My nighttime drives ranged all over the city—across the twinkling grid of the valley, into the creeping shadows of the foothills, through downtown’s neon canyons and way out to the darksome ocean. I started imagining Vide Noir as an epic odyssey through the city, across dimensions, and out into the cosmos. A journey along the spectrum of human experience. A search for meaning amidst the cold indifference of The Universe,” he says.
Originally a musical and visual solo project by Michigan-native-turned-Angeleno Schneider, Lord Huron now includes members Mark Barry (percussion), Miguel Briseño (bass) and Tom Renaud (guitar). After a pair of independent EPs, Lord Huron released two full-length albums Lonesome Dreams (2012) and Strange Trails (2015) on IAMSOUND Records, followed by extensive touring and prestigious festival appearances both stateside and abroad. After appearing in the hit Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” the band’s song “The Night We Met” (from Strange Trails) was officially certified Platinum in January 2018.
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