Not even 20 yet, the Californian line-up of Avi Buffalo have already, with their first album, come to epitomise the best in understated American pop.
Avi Buffalo’s first, eponymous album is packed with exuberant refrains and sunny melodies. In their quiet way, these Californians are shaping up to be one of the year’s most welcome surprises. Listening to this record, it is easy to understand why the famous Sub Pop label (home to The Shins and Fleet Foxes) was so taken with these new bright young things of modern pop. ‘What’s in it for?’, ‘Coaxed’ and ‘Can’t I Know?’ are just some of the tracks on this scintillating album which have you dreaming of a California which only exists on records. The album was written by Brian Wilson, Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons and Arthur Lee.
To a backdrop of chiming guitars, textured harmonies, plaintive refrains and interwoven melodies, Avi Buffalo sing about the nostalgia for innocence.
Avi Buffalo currently consists of Avi Zahner-Isenberg and Sheridan Riley.