Over the last couple of years, The Lumineers have worked hard at breaking out of Denver.
Originally from New Jersey, Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz decided to head west back in 2002. It was here that they met cellist/multi-instrumentalist, Neyla Pekarek. Over time, the trio built up their fan base. At the beginning of 2012, The Lumineers signed to Dualtone Records and released their self-titled debut.
As with other local, folky songwriters like Nathaniel Rateliff, the trio did well for themselves by jumping on board with the current roots music movement. Nwow they are touring non-stop across the U.S. in support of this new album.
Out of the 11 cuts on the debut, there are a few outstanding tracks and plenty of melodies to stomp and sing along to. From the quick, introductory tune called “Flowers in Your Hair” to a deeper cut like “Charlie Boy,” each song is beautiful and emotional. There is a sense of sadness countering these songs’ triumphant messages, which are emphasized by plucky banjo chords, thick cello notes and Schultz’s raw, exuberant voice.
Of course, the production values on most contemporary folk albums are always overly sparse. The Lumineers’ debut is no different.
While the band’s sound remains very resonant and powerful in a live setting, the album doesn’t necessarily capture the same characteristic. It doesn’t really matter though, because these songs are too charming and memorable to resist.