Cordelia & The Buffalo Self titled debut EP review

Cordelia & The Buffalo

Cordelia & The Buffalo are an indie electronic outfit consisting of members from America, Mexico, Japan, Norway, Alaska and Venezuela. They have recently released their self titled six track EP which is a fusion of indie and electro pop.

The EP opens with ‘Take It Up a Notch’, a percussion and electro bass driven track which features frequent chant-like vocal lines. ‘Dirt On My Shoes’ is a standard, fast paced indie rock focused track which includes swooning lead guitars and vocals reminiscent of many female pop punk bands. ‘Lather & Rinse’ is a modern dramatic ballad featuring moody guitars and synths and pelting dubstep style drum patterns.

A heavily delayed guitar riff in the style of The Temper Traps ‘Sweet Disposition’ opens up the next track, ‘Hand Like Guns’. Once again, the track is predominantly percussion focused as it builds into another powerful indie rock number. By the time that the fifth track, ‘7th Sea’, comes around, it feels as if it’s all been done before.

There is little variety in the range of the tracks, most of them following the same song structure which eventually becomes tiring. Catchy guitar riffs are galore and although they are technically sound, what truly lacks is originality. ‘Free’, the final track on the EP is certainly the most interesting of the bunch as it comes in at just under four minutes (the second shortest track on the EP) and manages to pack a punch which keeps the audience interested its duration. The track is catchy, fun and is the essence of what Cordelia & The Buffalo are trying to achieve.

The outfit is attempting to be as vibrant and energetic as possible in all that they do. This can be seen and heard both in their image and sound. They are a band which consists of a variety of cultures and this most definitely transcends in to their music. Their music is full of colour as a result of the wide range of instruments and sounds used throughout the EP, to the point that it is in fact a little overwhelming. The exotic nature of the bands sound is one that can be found in the likes of Friendly Fires, Local Natives and Florence and the Machine but the end result of Cordelia & The Buffalo just falls a little short of the work of their contemporaries.

You can hear the EP which was released in January of this year over on their Soundclound page. The EP can also be purchased digitally and physically on their Bancamp page.