ALBUM: Black Gold Buffalo – ‘Black Gold Buffalo’

A precious body of work that’s well worth the wait; Black Gold Buffalo‘s self-titled debut album is a shimmering example of the East London band’s patience and dedication to creating well-crafted, atmospheric, dark-pop sounds.

Line-up changes and relocations have altered the band’s output since their conception in 2014, but their new record (released via their own label Buff Rekkids) is a sharp, switched-on exploration of personal experiences, frustrations, and disillusionment with the capital.

Hypnotic opener ‘Lay It Down’ is a sublime musical tonic for nagging thoughts and unresolved anxieties, with vocalist Keziah Stillwell’s rhetorical line “How do you feel?” echoing out over Joy Joseph’s steady beats with poignant resonance. It flows straight in to ‘Pearls Deep’ – a precious blend of atmospheric bass lines from Hannah Holland, melodic guitar riffs from Marc Hayward, and that consistent percussion which makes all of Black Gold Buffalo’s tracks ripple with intensity.

The rolling rhythms on ‘Weightless’ are the perfect catalyst to ‘Start A Fire’ – a haze of smoldering vocals, fiery guitar, and bass lines that cut through the smoke. The funky ‘Penkenna’ keeps the heat rising with it’s atmospheric beats which promise to “take you away”, before ‘Anntropix’ breaks the spell, playing out in soothing, understated, yet anthemic fashion.

Keziah’s vocals blaze in full glory on the mesmerising ‘Magnets’, which is a swirling fusion of bass, guitar & electronics, and exquisite penultimate track ‘Body Of Verity’ breaks through shortly afterwards. Brooding bass and guitar melt together alongside more driving rhythms and bittersweet vocals here, before the slow-burning ‘Amillion’ closes the collection in true Black Gold Buffalo style.

Combining emotion with integrity, DIY ethics with big ambitions, and blurring generic lines with ease; Black Gold Buffalo’s debut continues to strengthen after every listen. Help them celebrate their success at the album launch at The Shacklewell Arms on April 10th. RSVP here.

Order your Limited Edition USB version of the album here.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LIVE: Black Gold Buffalo – The Waiting Room, London 07.02.18

Black Gold Buffalo performed to a packed Waiting Room in Stoke Newington on Wednesday night, proving that their brief absence from the live scene has not altered their ability to deliver sharp renditions of their diverse, golden sounds.

Although the band have undergone line-up changes since their conception in 2012, they’re still fronted by vocalist Keziah Stillwell, with the multi-talented Hannah Holland on bass and production. Guitarist Marc Hayward and percussionist Joy Joseph now complete the group – helping to bring Black Gold Buffalo’s moody, atmospheric tracks to life.

Keziah’s vocals and performance style made the set all the more compelling. She held her notes with the same captivating power that she held the audience’s attention with, and friends and fans happily complied when she asked them to step forward to fill the space in front of the stage. Joy’s intense and vital percussion anchored the set, working in harmony with Hannah’s brooding basslines, whilst Marc’s melodic guitar riffs resonated with intricate style.

The band played a selection of new and old tracks, but recent singles ‘Pearls Deep’ and ‘Lay It Down’ rang out the clearest – both of which will feature on the group’s self-titled debut album, released later this year. The latter was easily the highlight of the set. Full of urgency, atmosphere and energy; Black Gold Buffalo should be at the top of your live “to see” list.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Black Gold Buffalo – ‘Lay It Down’

“Your mind will fester and your head will roll” sings Black Gold Buffalo‘s front woman Keziah Stillwell on new single ‘Lay It Down,’ a song she wrote about overcoming anxiety. It’s a well-crafted, slow-burning, beautiful track that proves this band are ready for big things in 2018.

‘Lay It Down’ follows the group’s previous single ‘Pearls Deep’, and both tracks are taken from their long awaited debut album, set to be released on 6th April, via their own Buff Rekkids label. The self-titled collection of brooding, dark pop gems is largely about wanting to escape the city, “to get up and go somewhere and nowhere”.

The band’s ethos is totally DIY – “We run our own label, we make our own art, and we call on friends to make vides and remixes” – and that’s something we’re more than happy to support here at Get In Her Ears. We’re hooked on Black Gold Buffalo’s mesmerising, alternative sounds, and after you’ve listened to ‘Lay It Down’, you will be too.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut