From Andrew Bird to Anais Mitchell, 2012 has thus far proved that it could very well shape up to be the year of the album. You know, that phenomenon that’s become increasingly rare of being able to press play on track one, get sucked in and not resurface until the last track fades out? Today, The Lumineers kept that trend alive and well. In short, I’m sold.
There’s something about a band with a backstory, a band that has the courage to wear their hearts on their sleeves in a way that’s not cliché or rote or in-your-face. In the Denver-based trio’s first full-length album – which will see an official release on April 3 – Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites and Neyla Pekarek blend foot-stomping folk with artful dynamics and raw lyrics that range from love, to loss, to war. One tune even includes a line about the pains of being a ‘cat lady,’ somehow making it … well, poignant. Cheers to you, Lumineers – a feat, indeed.
Although there isn’t a single track that’s skip-worthy, I’m especially partial to the bittersweet ‘Dead Sea’ and ‘Stubborn Love,’ the latter which builds with an awesome intensity, vamping repeatedly on a chorus that’s as sharp as it is simple: “Keep your head up; keep your love.”
Needless to say (and here’s where the event promotion comes in), my excitement is building for the band to headline at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn next month. They’ll play the venue in a sold-out show on April 21, with the Kopecky Family Band opening. NYC-ers — if you don’t have tickets already, there are only a handful left on StubHub, so act fast. For those of you outside of the city, check out their full tour schedule here.
To listen to the full album during the next 24 hours, you can hear it on their site by connecting through Facebook or Twitter, and you can also pre-order it on iTunes and Amazon.
Below is the official video from the album’s first single, ‘Ho Hey.’