11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Young Buffalo songwriters Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett began writing music together as teenagers and formed Young Buffalo in 2009. So, while 2015’s House is the full-length debut by the Oxford, Miss.–based group, it’s been a long time coming. Expanding the ranks to a quintet gives them the lineup needed to bring color to these literate pop songs. Producer Dave Schiffman (Haim, Weezer) provides a spacious, dreamlike, summertime sound that lends a Beach Boys–styled yearning to “My Place” and its luminous harmonies. “Guilt” experiences moody tension, while “Black Eye” and “Summertime Blondes” carry an urgency that’s positive and infectious.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Young Buffalo songwriters Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett began writing music together as teenagers and formed Young Buffalo in 2009. So, while 2015’s House is the full-length debut by the Oxford, Miss.–based group, it’s been a long time coming. Expanding the ranks to a quintet gives them the lineup needed to bring color to these literate pop songs. Producer Dave Schiffman (Haim, Weezer) provides a spacious, dreamlike, summertime sound that lends a Beach Boys–styled yearning to “My Place” and its luminous harmonies. “Guilt” experiences moody tension, while “Black Eye” and “Summertime Blondes” carry an urgency that’s positive and infectious.

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