Young Buffalo – House – the sound of summer

The music of Young Buffalo is special indeed. The Mississippi quintet have been praised by the likes of NPR, The Guardian, and Paste for their 2011 EP Young Von Prettylips and have found a definite groove with their new full-length House. It is a rare thing to find an album where all the songs bleed into each other to form a cohesive and concise work. “We really tried to just tighten everything up and trim the fat and really get to the core of what made these songs work without all the extraneous stuff,” explains songwriter Ben Yarbrough. The end result transports listeners to a stress melting world of beaches and sunshine. Rising above deadlines and banners of self-righteous social media statuses, the band favors a world of musical bridges where mercy triumphs over judgment. The beautiful thing of great music is that it does not simply settle for escaping reality as much as it looks to transform it while bringing out the all too hidden joys and wonders that make life transcendent.


Young Buffalo sound like a band you have heard before with unique differences that makes them refreshing. “Man In Your Dreams” is a fun Strokes type jam updated for a new generation. I might be crazy, but I even hear a slight carefree vibe reminiscent of an early Foo Fighters tune. The similarities are all over the map like a globe skipping blueprint of great music. “No Idea” starts with keys before blasting into a relentless breeze of guitars underneath quickly sung lyrics. It’s a tune about stepping out into the great unknown and following your own path. If you like another Ear to the Ground favorite, Fool’s Gold, then you are certain to fall in love with this song in particular.


“Guilt” is carried by a solid bass line and lyrics about the all too quickly passing of life. While starting out subdued, it quickly turns into a punk type jam that will have you singing along with the refrain “everything goes”. It just might be the stand out track on the stellar album.

The band has pop tendencies but remains true to the indie spirit. From their upbeat “Old Soul” to their harmonies in “Black Eye”, the band remains true to their sound. The lyrics are thoughtful and, according to co-songwriter Jim Barrett, have to do with youthful heartbreak. “A lot of my writing went back to how I felt when a high school sweetheart broke up with me and I went through a depression for a little while so the lyrical tone isn’t super happy” he explains.


Recently the band wrapped a tour with Matt Pond PA and is currently touring the country including a supporting Chicago date with Toro Y Moi.

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