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The Lumineers

The Lumineers recently transplanted from Brooklyn to Denver, but don't let that inform your opinions. Wesley and Jeremiah do not sound like the wave-catching hipsters associated with New York's hippest borough. No, these two sound honest and unadorned. Their self-titled EP is seven songs of what we're going to call orchestral folk. There's a lot of that going around, but this is a little different. Let's go to track four — "Gun Song," a simple slow-burner marching in a straight line to its peak, adding relentless guitar and anchored by piano — and its payoff lyric: "And one day/I pray/I'll be more than my father's son." That would be enough by itself, but the disc is top-to-bottom with that sort of wisdom. These guys know what they're doing — after all, they moved to Denver, didn't they?

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Kiernan Maletsky is Westword's music editor. His writing has appeared in alt-weeklies around the country as well as Miley Cyrus's mom's Twitter feed.
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