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Buxton Shines on Stay Out Late

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When Buxton made their debut album for New West Records, they were boys turning into men, making music that seemed to be the direction that the label wanted them to go in. When they followed up with 2015’s Half A Native, it was obvious that they were shedding those early sounds. On their latest Stay Out Late, the band seems to find their place within the music world by creating an album that’s as diverse as the members who make up the band. Stay Out Late is different, it steers what you know of folk based rock music into uncharted waters, and it makes sure that the ship never goes under even in the choppiest of seas.

Opening with the ethereal organs of “This Place Reminds Me of You,” the band isn’t hasty in setting the record apart from its predecessors. The song has this slow and meandering vibe, like organ sounds from the opening of a film from another era, it’s definitely a turn in a different direction. It’s essentially what the band did on their last outing, though more refined and more individualistic-finding them carve their own path-rather than follow someone else’s. They follow up with the catchy and upbeat sounds of “Jan.” This is the band keeping things light, though still holding the new instrumentation of the album. The song works, in that it’s obviously meant to stay in your ears as a catchy single.

Of course, the third track on the album is where the magic lies. Buxton seems to throw away all conventions with the song “Blood Runs Blue,” following a different progression, employing a completely different take on their sound and offering up the strongest track of their catalog. Somehow they incorporated their new selves with their old, and they find a space in-between where the two can coexist as something fresh and new. This occurs again, in a different way, on “Hanging On The Coast.” Though a much more somber stride, it’s the acoustic strummed notes mixed with mechanical drums and a tone full of fluidity from electrics that grab your attention like a wake up call, making the song so noteworthy.

That is to say, it’s not all new sounds on this record, just new deployment for what the band has become known for. The punchy pace of “Inside Out,” the folky pitch of “Made For Now” and the almost eighties honky tonk upticks of “Hole Heart” should remind listeners or fans of the band, that it’s still the same players as before.

However, the newer approach is what’s most intriguing here. Buxton have found a way to convey their sound and to write engaging songs without compromise on this album. “Haunt You” isn’t a lead single by any means, though it captures your soul with its almost balladeer approach. “New World” finds a way to have singer songwriter footnotes while still being a full band performing the track. The final song, “Green Of Endless Pines” steals the show in that it’s such a different technique. Integrating all that falls within the album, the new structures and the lush electronic movements, Buxton drops a soft and adult sounding song that feels like nothing else, and holds no contemporaries. The song is so far from what you’ll expect, that you’ll have to listen to it a couple of times to let its weight sink in, as its composed in the most brilliant of manners.

You can stream Stay Out Late on all streaming platforms or purchase it in varying bundles directly from New West Records. Buxton is set to take the first leg of their tour out starting November 30 at The Caledonia Lounge in Athens until December 9 at The High Watt in Nashville. A complete list of their tour dates can be found here.

Image Credits: Photo by Daniel Jackson.

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David Garrick

David Garrick has spent the last five years interviewing some of the most intriguing and engaging artists performing today. Everyone from Angel Olsen to Phoebe Bridgers, Wire to Yo La Tengo, Snail Mail to Soccer Mommy, Ghost to First Aid Kit, The Breeders to Protomartyr, and many more. He's a giant fan of music of pretty much any genre; but especially to the underdogs. He's been known to see more concerts in a week than many people will see in a year.

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