CD Avi Buffalo [Digipak] (CD 6312350),
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Avi Buffalo [Digipak]

  • 1. Truth Sets In
    2. What's in It For?
    3. Coaxed
    4. Five Little Sluts
    5. Jessica
    6. Summer Cum
    7. One Last
    8. Can't I Know?
    9. Remember Last Time
    10. Where's Your Dirty Mind
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 865

  • Credits
    EngineerAvi Zahner-Isenberg; Aaron Embry

    Recording information: Avi's House, Long Beach, CA; Hunter's Hollow Recording Studio, Glassell Park, CA.
    Long Beach, CA's Avi Buffalo may own some Shins records, but that doesn't mean that bandleader Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg's wiry falsetto and inherent knack for pairing pop hooks with handclaps is destined for silver screen adoration. The band's Sub Pop debut may be quirky, but it's a little sinister too, boasting a heavy dose of arty melancholy ("What's in It For?") and subversive, faux-twee indie pop ("Summer Cum") that has more in common with left-field outfits like the Danielson Famile and Deerhoof than it does the Morning Benders. Either way, the band never truly offers up a mission statement, which is kind of nice, as the fragmented song structures and childlike melodies manage to come off as either cloying or slightly unhinged, depending on the temperament of the listener. It's when they stomp their feet on that middle ground that their eponymous debut kicks up the most sand, and with a little more nuance, their future endeavors could leave some pretty hefty footprints. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[His approach] is hyper-lush, loads of guitars, harmonies, clanky pianos, background and foreground heaving like a busy street of sounds sweet and rough."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.56) - Ranked #15 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[The album] got under the skin, making itself right at home."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The songs] offer up a winning mix of innocence and insouciance that recalls Adam Green or The Lemonheads..."
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