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Avi Buffalo - Winning album of charming summer fun,
This review is from: Avi Buffalo (Audio CD)
Is youth wasted on the young? It seems not in the case of this new band from Long Beach California fronted by the 19-year-old songwriter called Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg who has behind him his school friends Arin Fazio and Sheridan Riley on bass and drums and Avi's unrequited (on and off) love on backing vocals, his girlfriend and source of teenage angst Ms Rebecca Coleman. The band's prime influences are Simon and Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, Neil Young and the Beatles who are of course all promising artists, and echoes of the whole gamut of them are to be found on this boisterous, flaky, cute, optimistic and charming debut of top notch summer fun.
Its on the sub pop label which might account for why Avi partly sounds like J Mascis crossed with Wayne Coyne particularly on the rather lovely "One last" a sort of Sonny and Cher song for the twitter generation. When it you listen to "Summer Cum" it doesn't take to much imagination to work out its central theme when Avi exhorts that "I've waited for your love, I got lost in your summer cum, leave all your stains with me, And know that I will never be". "My Girls" by the Temptations its not, but it is a very sweet song when you listen to it; honestly! The two centre pieces of the album are the brilliant "What's in it for me" and the seven minute plus "Remember last time". The former has a surf guitar solo, one of the stupidest backing vocals you are likely to encounter and by any standards is a wonderful pop song. "Remember" alternatively is quite a polished affair of Avi's insecurities and mental torture knowing that he "seems to keen" about Ms Coleman. She of course sweetly responds by singing backing vocals on it and eventually it turns into a glorious guitar workout in the sense that someone who sounds like Neil Young's younger nephew has proved that the music lessons paid off.
Isenberg's tales of love play out over songs with names like "Five little sluts" and "Where's your dirty mind". Avi Buffalo is one of those albums which might seem derivative but somehow it is also different enough to thoroughly engage and each time you hear these songs of superb harmonic indie pop you realise that this lot could steal your wallet and you could still forgive them.