Indie / Pop / Rock
It’s been four years since we’ve heard from lo-fi pop-rockers Avi Buffalo after their well-received, self-titled debut album, where the vortex of confusing but strong feelings that come with youth was explored in grossly explicit but sharply clever detail. Introducing their new upcoming album, At Best Cuckold (due out Sept. 8th in Europe and the 9th in North America via Sub Pop), in an interview, the band said that all the time had been spent trying “to get tones,” and it seems like we’re hearing them hit that perfect note on first single So What. This much more sonically polished effort that previously heard from this band is the kind of breezy, jangly indie that gets its slow but solid energy from the start of the sun’s setting. The summery guitars have the young vitality of a student enjoying time off, but the rolling drums have the slightly more aged and subdued knowledge of someone thinking about the commute to work tomorrow. Rather than tearing itself into two, this duality helps keep the song shooting forward while keeping that beach-breeze-in-a-bottle feel. Frontman Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg’s voice is the real star of the song, walking the line between youthful freedom and matured reservation with a confidence that surely caused the expected question mark from the title to run in fear. The Southern California natives sang melodic songs about being young on their debut, but the years that have passed are certainly heard on this new track and in the band coming into their own sound.