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A question of influence,
This review is from: Nothing Here Seems Strange (MP3 Music)
Buxton's press is pretty misleading. They seem to be most often applauded for their rootsy, folksy sound. And they do have a folksy sound, complete with banjo and southern pronunciation of words like "pretty" (read: purdy). But Buxton is miles away from being a throwback band, because their music is heavily informed by indie poprock tropes and instrumentation. Banjo riffs on "Wolves And Owls" are soon overtaken by a Telecaster powered by an ocean of reverb, and similar stories are to be had on the great boy-themed tracks "Boy Of Nine" and "Oh My Boy". Sure, "Down In The Valley" sticks to its twangy guns, and album closer "Body Count" sounds like a subdued bluegrass anthem, but Buxton manages to always keep itself ensconced in the present. The resulting question ends up sounding like the classic zebra joke: is it folk with indie influence, or indie with folk influence?
The answer, of course, is who cares? The songs are great, and the band works wonderfully together. It's an issue that won't need to be addressed until they make their sophomore album, and you've got plenty of tracks to play from this one until then.
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