‘Strange Trails’ talks love and death

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Lord Huron’s new album, “Strange Trails,” speaks to the wanderer, traveler and dreamer. Lyrics detail stories of journeys, self-discovery and a search for the unknown. The 14-track album consists of songs conducive for any road trip or relaxing, reflective time.

The album plays beautifully with smooth transitions from each song to the next. In order to properly do the album justice, it is important to listen to the whole album through, at least once.

While the sound throughout the album sounds quite similar to the band’s previous album, “Lonesome Dreams,” the quality writing and production remain.

A balance between upbeat sounds and mellow sounds complement the beautiful lyrics and vocals featured throughout the album. Atypical instruments, including bells and chimes, delicately accentuate the harmonious sounds of guitars and harmonicas. There is a definite presence of “love song” tracks included, but not accompanied by, for lack of a better term, “love song” melodies.

Examples of well-crafted lyrics throughout the album are the tracks “Hurricane” – “Oh little darling, don’t you like charming, here in the eye of a hurricane?”; “La Belle Fleur Sauvage” – “I’d give it all to love that girl”; and “Frozen Pine” – “I’m ready to follow you even though I don’t know where.”

Certain must-listen-to tracks are “Cursed,” “La Belle Fleur Sauvage” and “Until the Night Turns.”

The band sings about a longing for love, but also a longing for identity, similar to their previous album. Death also has a strong presence throughout the rather catchy album. It is fair to say that the band uses interesting details along the album, which is fitting to the album’s title. One track, “Dead Man’s Hand,” details a man’s journey back from the dead, a journey conducive to the concept of “strange trails.” While the subject sounds strange, the track is worth a listen strictly because of the cool, indie sound and beautiful harmonies. Another unusual track is “The World Ender.” This song is unusual because of its sound and lyrics, which also speak about a return from the dead: “They took my life, but it isn’t the end, They put me in the ground but I’m back from the dead.” While some may interpret those lyrics as cryptic, the melodies and music mix well together to form a head-bopping tune.

A listen to the album may ignite feelings of wanderlust and deep reflection — typical of any Lord Huron album. “Strange Trails,” released on April 7, 2015, is the band’s sophomore album.