Buffalo Huddleston Band’s “Sunrise” is a tapestry of sound effortlessly weaving together hip-hop, reggae, folk, and classical into a colorful whole. “Sunrise” Tasteful and refined they are a unique beast in the musical kingdom. No other band quite sounds like Buffalo Huddleston. Their vision is entirely their own. With a sound that remains playful yet poetic their work is gentle and kind. Everything in the album comes together perfectly from Jull-Z’s delivery to the delicate work of Becky Hamilton and Sarah van Vlymen’s violin work. None of this would work without the flexibility of the strong rhythm section which adds a distinctly reggae flavor to many of the songs.
Sunrise opens up in the best way possible with the aptly named laid back track “Chillin’”. On “Apologies” the classical and reggae elements work together nicely creating a sense of giddiness that prevails throughout the piece. Things move closer to folk on the dreamy “Sky High” whose guitar work is finger-picking good. All influences comes together on the celebratory “Dancing in 7/8ths”. By far the album’s centerpiece is the multi-suite epic of “Waiting for the right song”. Here everything seems to fit right into place: from the guitars to strings to Jull-Z’s work. The album ends off with the calm of “Sunrise” whose optimism reflects the beginning of a new day.
There is a great deal of happiness to be found on “Sunrise”. Buffalo Huddleston Band is a true diamond in the rough, a glimpse of true radiant beauty.
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