Album: The Phoenix Foundation, Buffalo (Memphis Industries)
Friday 07 January 2011
Buffalo is an alluring follow-up to 2009's Happy Ending, the UK breakthrough release from this appealing Kiwi combo.
At its best, it has a radiant, marvellous sound: the opener "Eventually" is like a languorous, South Seas version of Pink Floyd, with expansive, textured layers of sun-kissed psychedelia blending in a warm, relaxed manner – not so much Dark Side of the Moon as "Light Side of the Sun". "Flock of Hearts" has a Blur-like ingenuous pop charm, and the solicitous narrative of "Bitte Bitte" has something of early Dire Straits about it. But it's the title-track that best captures the group's sly, absurdist manner, the repetitive guitar figures developing a galloping euphoria akin to Arcade Fire, as leader Sam Flynn Scott sings, "I am the buffalo, through the sea floor I do roam."
DOWNLOAD THIS Eventually; Buffalo; Pot; Bitte Bitte
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