by Connor Benincasa
The last several years have seen a resurgence in popularity of Western and Cowboy motifs, a trend which was in full swing well before "Old Town Road," and felt completely overplayed soon afterward. Despite this, "Mine Forever" by Lord Huron feels fresh while borrowing heavily from this classic aesthetic.
The track sounds like Beck doing a Glen Campbell pastiche, lush with Spector-esque reverb, twangy guitar leads, and soaring strings. It’s a perfect "Psychedelic Cowboy" tune— it feels like riding a horse through the desert while tripping on peyote. The songwriting is solid and hooky, and the vocals bring Fleet Foxes to mind, dripping with yearning, earnestness, and again, reverb.
The main critique to be leveled against "Mine Forever" is its length— this song could easily be three minutes long and do everything it needs to, but it clocks in at just under five minutes. This is due in part to an ambient outro that doesn’t add much at all to the song. As soon as that French lady starts whispering, I’m wondering why the song wasn’t over 30 seconds ago. However, this is ultimately a matter of personal preference rather than an artistic failure.
When it comes to production, "Mine Forever" calls its shot and makes it. But the songwriting is good enough that this track is more than just a "sound," a hollow imitation of something old. It references these artists while successfully being something uniquely itself. Cool, confident, and victorious, it rides off into the sunset as mysteriously as it blew into town.