Buffalo Boy is a solo project led by James Attenborough based out of South Wales, UK. He is releasing his latest album entitled EP which he started recording in Nov. 2019.
With themes of loneliness, acceptance and hope, the EP was inspired by watching the sun of a window in his parent’s house. Pretty much the entire EP encompasses the sight of the sun setting with the first track “Dreaming On,” portraying the moment the sun begins to dip and continues throughout the track list. You can tell the view outside his window is quite visionary and this is easily seen on the album art cover with a picturesque scene of a glowing sun set filled with hues of neon colored pinks and purples. The hazy and dream-like sequences in Attenborough’s EP showcases the fantastic scene that he witnessed as he narrates it in this EP. As the sound of the album progresses, the artist leans into a cadence that is a rush of colors and sounds.
EP opens with “Dreaming On,” where some electric guitar riffs gives off an enthralling psychedelic sound. Synths goes on to power the track. This is a dreamy and hazy synth pop song with traces of classic rock. The vocals are echo-y. It is a little hard to discern what he is saying as the reverberation and distortion effects affects the clarity of the vocals. The guitars are jangly.
Following is “Ocean Wandering,” where shooting rays of synths project a robotic note. Attenborough’s vocals come in with a hush of expectancy. The vocals are urgent and pressing. The guitars are supported by a drumming beat. The sound is altogether hazy and dreamy. The synths provide an ambient vibe.
A retro-inspired sound could be detected with a ‘60s-‘70s era vibe coming from the guitar work on “Stranger Times.” This is a catchy and upbeat song. The synths oscillate in and out of this track with shooting bursts of sound. The vocals are sung in a low octave that makes it sound like a drone.
On the closer “Yesterday,” reverberating synths start off this track. A psychedelic sound is evident from the guitars. The synths echo and provide a bit of discord with the dissonance offering an off-kilter vibe. The vocals come in through the distortion with an echo-y cadence.
A one-man band project, the endeavor is entirely DIY and independent. The EP was recorded in Attenborough’s bedroom with each track written, recorded, produced and mastered by the artist. With a sound that packs in psychedelic pop of the ‘60s with dreamy pop influences, Attenborough ties in his inspirations with his musical experiences and tastes, and delves into a sound that juxtaposes classic rock with his own modernized flavor. Attenborough tries to establish a familiar and accessible vintage rock sound while also unleashing a rock sound that is all his own.
While these were bedroom recordings, the sound can oftentimes veer towards the lo-fi region. Yet these home recordings allowed the dreamy and haunting quality of these productions to really breathe. This is an approachable album that has a footing in both classic rock roots and a more contemporary sound. Be sure you have a listen today!
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