By Shibuya Suki
I had this album in my hard-drive for quite awhile now, and just recently I’ve been listening to it, and this is one the most criminally under-rated albums ever.
Buffalo Daughter’s ‘I’ is a radbag mixture of pop, surf, prog rock, bleep and other things thrown in the stew which is “I’. This was also their first and last album to be released by Emperor Norton Records before they closed its doors forever, which by then they signed themselves to V2 records.
Now this album is also a little hard to come by. You can try ask Real Groovy for the album, but all your efforts will be fruitless, and prepare to shell out through the ass for this one costing upwards of $75.00 dollars if you want to import it!
Now for the music. I did have a listen to some of their earlier works which was borderline experimental, and that was also the time that ‘Captain Vapour Athletes’ was released on the now defunct Grand Royal Label.
With this release, it feels like a journey which will prevent you from pressing the skip function on any of tracks! From the get go ”Ivory” feels dramatic with what sounds like a children’s choir humming and haunting violins for accompaniment to set the tone, while “Earth Punk Rockers” sounds alot like Led Zeppelin turning Japanese! There are some moments in the album where strange interludes are put in before the next rocking track. Examples of this can be found on tracks such as ‘I know’ where the band repeats the words ‘I’ and ‘I Know’, and ’28 Nuts’ where the band is tuning their instruments with what sounds like an orchestra before blasting it towards ‘Volcanic Girl’.
Outstanding tracks from the Daughter’s to listen to are ‘Robot Sings’, ‘Mirrorball’, and ‘A completely identical Dream’.
In conclusion this release is worth the time and effort to import. And yes you will thank me for it!