Thursday, February 19, 2015

Buxton - An Unfamiliar History EP

Buxton truly has this bizarre, unique sound that took me a little while to place. They take the arena ready Americana of today (Houndmouth, The Avett Brothers, etc) and mix it with a tiny bit of 90s quirky indie rock (Pavement, The Archers of Loaf). It takes what is quickly becoming a crowded field that's frankly becoming tired, and brings this whole new level to it. 

Right now, in advance of their full length Half a Native, which is due out on March 3, Buxton is offering their An Unfamiliar History EP for free on Noisetrade. The first song, "Miss Catalina" (which you can listen to here), is this bizarre power-folk/Sonic Youth hybrid that is just epic. It comes in at a little over 4 minutes, but feels like a "Teenage Riot" style jam that is somehow poppy as hell. "Icebreaker" is this bizarre honky tonk swing that just degenerates into digital noise at one point, like Pokey LaFarge got into some psychedelics. 

Check out Buxton's website for more info on them. You can download An Unfamiliar History EP for free on Noisetrade. If you do, you'll want to keep an eye out for Half a Native, due out on March 3 on New West Records.

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