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Touch The Buffalo


Review by Gary Hill

This four track EP is interesting. The band has a real artsy quality to their stuff. Their sound lives somewhere in the zone of alternative rock, but they bring in folk music, grunge and more. While there is a consistency to the sound, they never feel like they are repeating themselves here.

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Track by Track Review
This City's Burning
A female voice says "you're sick," and then guitar comes in. The track works out to a solid alternative rock arrangement from there. This has an intriguing multi-layered vocal arrangement. The guitar solo section is classy, too. The whole track works well.
In Six Heads About It
This starts with ukulele bringing a real roots vibe. The cut works out with some powered up elements, but that basis remains for a time among the more filled out arrangement. This has a grungey kind of vibe, but it's also more artsy than that. Even after the more powered up movement, it reverts to the ukulele based section. We get  more powered up stuff beyond that. That sort of juxtaposition of styles continues for the duration.
The Carpenter and the Nurse
Piano gets this number underway. Vocals join as the instrumental arrangement is just piano with some bass holding down the rhythm. Some hints of electric guitar show up as accents. Eventually it starts rocking out more. It has a bit of an arsty vibe to it. This is alternative and a little raw, but it's also expressive and intriguingly complex. It turns more rocking further down the road, reminding me to some degree of Radiohead. It's quite a ride.
Hope's Song
This comes in tentative and a little odd. It grows upward with more of that folk rock vibe we heard earlier. This gets into more artsy territory from there as the arrangement fills out. It's not a big change, but it is a different angle on the group's sound and an intriguing and dynamic song at that.
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