Buffalo is the fourth full-length album by New Zealand band, The Phoenix Foundation. It was released in New Zealand in April 2010, and internationally in January 2011. The band's previous album, Happy Ending, had been well received in New Zealand and had stirred some interest overseas. Just before Christmas 2009, the band self-released the Merry Kriskmass EP through Bandcamp, saying "this fun, slightly odd 6-track EP entered our lives during the time we were supposed to be recording our new album".
Buffalo by The Phoenix Foundation, released 26 April 2010 1. Eventually 2. Buffalo 3. Flock Of Hearts 4. Pot 5. Bitte Bitte 6. Skeleton 7. Orange & Mango 8. Bailey's Beach 9. Wonton 10. Golden ship. Written & performed by The Phoenix Foundation - Luke Buda, Will Ricketts Samuel Flynn Scott, Richie SIngleton, Conrad Wedde, Warner Emery and Tom Callwood. With the help of Connan Mockasin (autoharp 1), James Milne (voice 4 & 10), Craig Terris (voice 9), Peter Daly (viola 6). Design: Paul Johnson Imagery: Elias Robert Hakim – haki9975s.
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Three years and multiple solo albums from most of its membership later, The Phoenix Foundation have reconvened to explore some more. But though the way Buffalo sounds evokes the usual PF adjectives - "cinematic" always being a handy stand-by for the more ambitious stuff - too many of its 10 tracks leave little lasting impression. That said, some songs do grabs like the best PF tracks of the past.
Wellington, New Zealand’s The Phoenix Foundation have been together for over a decade, enjoying acclaim at home, but making painstaking progress globally. Released on NZ’s ultra-credible Flying Nun label, 2007’s Happy Ending kick-started interest overseas, but it’s taken a veritable age for TPF’s fourth album Buffalo (released domestically in April 2010) to score a UK release, finally arriving under the auspices Memphis Industries. Still, this delay is no terrible thing, as TPF arrive very much matured into the finished article.
Artist: The Phoenix Foundation. Previously on NewAlbumReleases. net: August 11, 2015 - The Phoenix Foundation – Give Up Your Dreams (2015). December 11, 2014 - The Phoenix Foundation – Echoes (2014)