The Lumineers - Cleopatra

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APRIL 2016

Our Record of the Month for April 2016 was The Lumineers' sophomore album, Cleopatra. The album was recorded at The Clubhouse Studio in Rhinebeck, NY and officially released on April 8th, 2016.

The Lumineers, whose story began in 2005, come from Denver, Colorado, and consist of Wesley Keith Schultz (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Jeremiah Caleb Fraites (drums, percussion, piano, mandolin, samples, backing vocals), and Neyla Pekarek (cello, bass, vocals), who joined the band in 2010.

Cleopatra debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart. The vinyl that our subscribers received was a limited press white vinyl and came with a free digital album download and a personalized note from our curator, Drew Holcomb. The album layout, designed by Daniel Quay, features a photo from The Kobal Collection at Art Resource in New York.


In early 2012 my good friend Paul Roper gave me a burned CD with one song on it. Paul is one the owners and partners of Dualtone Records, who released our “Chasing Someday” album in 2011. They had just signed a completely no name band from Denver, Colorado, The Lumineers. They had about 500 followers on Twitter and no touring history. The song was "Ho Hey" and I called him immediately after listening in my car and said, "You have a hit!" That afternoon I tweeted, "Mark my words, The Lumineers will one day be one of your favorite bands." Neither Paul or I had any idea just how huge this band would be. 
It didn't take a genius to realize that song was going to be huge. It was perfect timing, Mumford had just hit the airwaves and The Lumineers were a more American and more mellow and sparse version of the stomp clap anthem. The best thing about them, though, is that the whole album was great, not just the single. Simple stories with great characters and narrative arc, with Wesley Schultz' youthful growl painting pictures with lyrics that transcend the usual vocabulary of pop radio.
I love everything about The Lumineers. They made it the old fashioned way and took their time with a follow up. My favorite song on the new record is the title "Cleopatra." To me it encapsulates the band, sparse but jovial production, Beatlesque short pop melody song structure. The Lumineers have the courage to keep it simple. This record has been a long time in the making, and we hope you like the limited edition white vinyl that Dualtone gave us for y'all.
Happy listening.
- Drew


Side A

  1. Sleep On The Floor
  2. Ophelia
  3. Cleopatra
  4. Gun Song
  5. Angela

Side B

  1. In The Light
  2. Gale Song
  3. Long Way From Home
  4. Sick In The Head
  5. My Eyes
  6. Patience
Drew Holcomb