I’m quite sure that I don’t normally like the kind of fey alt-folk meets Americana music that Lenore produce but, despite my customary aversion, I found myself becoming increasingly entranced by their self-titled album. I don’t generally like being entranced either but sometimes you have to just go with the flow.
A lot of Lenore’s sonic appeal comes from the beguiling harmonies of Rebecca Marie Miller and Joy Pearson that make each of these songs sound like they are the work of some greater artistic power. Not the greatest artistic power of them all, of course, but an artistic power that, in spite of the general greyness of our times, knows that love is eternal and that there is still beauty to be found in this world of ours.
At this point, I would normally make an attempt to dismiss Lenore as mere festival fodder for an audiences that really only want to hear the past yet there is something unexpected, even ethereal, here that gives entirely conventional songs like “Hearts So Heavy” and “Heavy Eyes” a spiritual edge and makes you think of the most beautiful sunsets that you have ever seen.
Like I said, I expected to simply dismiss Lenore and, instead, the truth is that I would willingly spend my own money on this album. You should too.
Available from Bandcamp.