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Sessions 27 pick of the week album is the self-titled album from the band The Lumineers.

May 23, 2012

Do you like Head and the Heart, Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers? Roll them up into a love child and you have the new indie folk group the Lumineers. The Denver-based trio – Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, NeylaPekarek – sings of love and loss in their nostalgic self-titled debut album. Their lovelorn, retro style is complemented by soft vocals and classic harmonies.
The album starts with a short acoustic ditty called “Flowers In Your Hair” that could survive with nothing other than the fingerpicking and vocals. A minute in, however, the percussion jumps in and the tempo picks up. Thirty seconds later the cello makes its appearance with a few notes before the song ends with an abruptness that left me yearning for more.

This is as complete and rich as any debut, and you owe it to yourself to check it out if you haven’t already. This band is on its way up. The Lumineers have already breached a gap between independent, country and alternative genres. Their debut release, “Ho Hey” was released on March 9, 2012 for play on CMT, VH1 and MTV. The Lumineers are charming and quite entertaining. “Ho Hey” is warm and comforting. Lullaby-like melodies chant soft and sweet love-torn vocals. Their vintage, old time country sound is bright in this track. Unlike some of the deeper tunes like “Slow it Down” and “Morning Song,” The Lumineers find a way to create a song with playful layers amongst sing-a-long lyrics.

To find this album on CD or LP and many more come on by Sessions 27 at 505 State St.