Vide Noirwas written and recorded over the past two years atLord Huron'sLos Angeles studio and informal clubhouse, Whispering Pines, and was mixed byDave Fridmann(The Flaming Lips/MGMT). Singer, songwriter and producerBen Schneiderfound inspiration wandering restlessly through his adopted home of L.A. at night: "My nighttime drives ranged all over the city – across the twinkling grid of the valley, into the creeping shadows of the foothills, through downtown's neon canyons and way out to the darksome ocean. I started imaginingVide Noiras an epic odyssey through the city, across dimensions, and out into the cosmos. A journey along the spectrum of human experience. A search for meaning amidst the cold indifference of The Universe," he says.
Lead single "Wait by the River" is already the subject of early critical praise; theLos Angeles Timesproclaims, "It's a gorgeous song, one with the majesty of a 1950s doo-wop ballad," whileSPINadds, "[‘Wait by the River'] offers a refined, waltz-like sound that can't quite cover for the sins of a fatalistically obsessed narrator."UPROXXfurthers, "The track sounds like something you'd slowly sway back and forth to in close proximity with a special someone at a ‘50s high school dance, like a more doo-wop Fleet Foxes, a vibe they previously proved they can nail with ‘The Night We Met.'"
A true multi-media artist, Schneider has once again created an adorned world to inhabit withinVide Noir: the album will be accompanied by a wealth of imagery, films and immersive experiences crafted to expand upon its narratives and themes. This builds on Schneider's past work, which used videos, a comic book, a choose-your-own-adventure hotline and assorted Easter eggs as means of deepening the listener experience.