Buffalo’s eponymous debut hit the ground running in 2010, and for good
reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied
with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were
busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC,
and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic whose tastes
are respected by the general public. Like a lot of kids their age, the
Buffaloes celebrated the end of high school in Europe, but instead of
visiting the Louvre and Buckingham Palace, their overseas journeys took
them to the festival stages of Reading, Leeds, Glastonbury, the
Pavement-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead, and beyond.
And thus began the three-year journey that led to the creation of At Best Cuckold, a stretch of time that resembles the one that framed its predecessor. While transitioning from teenager to twenty-something and traversing the interpersonal wilds that accompany that age, Avi kept playing music (even picking up a new instrument every now and again), collaborated with and produced many friends (including Kevin Litrow’s N.O.W. project and Douglas James Sweeney’s Arjuna Genome), started DJing, and listened to a bunch of good music. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013 rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks…The end result is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. Listen to the lead-off track, “So What”, in the handy embed to hear some of those sneaky moments of grandeur.
Pre-order At Best Cuckold from Sub Pop and receive a large, limited-edition fold-out poster. Speaking of limited-edition, if you pre-order ABC on the vinyl format, you’ll receive the colored-vinyl, Loser Edition of the LP, in this case, the lack-of-color, clear vinyl. Limited-edition means when they’re gone, they’re gone, so probably order now, right? Yes.