Young Buffalo – Young Von Prettylips [Album Review]

by Woody on June 20, 2011

I liked Young Buffalo plenty after hearing their first single, “Catapilah,” back in March. Then I liked them plenty more after seeing them at SxSW. But after seeing the name of their debut EP…well now things are getting weird. Young Von Prettylips will undoubtedly be the name of my next fantasy football team.

The music, you ask. Is it any good? Well yes, yes it is. Quite good actually. In my initial post on Young Buffalo, I likened them to the Local Natives. This EP does nothing to dispel that lofty comparison. While only a three-piece, they use the percussion to propel their soaring harmonies forward. There’s also hints of some surf guitar throughout which gives the songs a bouncy feel.

There is so much to enjoy on this EP, but I still feel cheated that it’s only five tunes long. Young Buffalo emit a youthful exuberance on each song that lifts you up and takes you for a ride. “Catapilah” is back on this EP, tightened up by a minute or so, and that remains a fantastic tune. “Speak EZ” is another phenomenal tune, made even better by the fact the chorus has them harmonizing, “I’m a Polyglot.” I guess that would make speaking pretty easy.

If you get a chance to see these guys live, make a point to do so. As I mentioned, I caught them in Austin – it was 1PM, I had just sucked down some Tito’s to ward off Friday’s hangover, and I was chewing on my second michelada. The sun was beating down and these youngsters from Mississippi were my first SxSW set of the day. They delivered an amazing performance and put in motion a fantastic day of music and hijinks. Can’t wait to see them here in Chicago.

Young Buffalo – Catapilah (Demo version)

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Kayla Pitcher June 22, 2011 at 1:05 am

Hey Hearya!
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