I find that the farther out from the influence of commercial radio a band gets, the more likely they are to really come up with something new. Buffalo Daughter, hailing from Japan, could be quickly stereotyped as just another cutesy Japanese girl pop band. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Buffalo Daughter blend a spice rack full of unusual flavors. Plodding riff rock coexists with scratching. Numbing electronica precedes a groove worthy of… well, shit, I can’t think of anyone who plays acoustic funk with a Moog (“Great Five Lakes”). “Socks, Drugs and Rock’n’roll” features a crazy beat played with jagged abandon, and “Sky High” is an instrumental ideally suited for listening during take-off. The closing “Jellyfish Blues,” with its burbling sounds, creepy octaved guitar and ring-modulated vocals manages to be scary and relaxing at the same time.
Listening to this album is like wandering through some incredibly eclectic party. You can just park on the lawn. Grand Royal, P.O. Box 26689, Los Angeles, CA 90026