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Album review: 'Repeater'

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King Buffalo

"Repeater"

Self-released

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Before you start complaining that this is only a three-song EP, just check the run time on the first cut and title track to King Buffalo's "Repeater." It's almost 14 minutes long. Of course it builds as it gets further into itself, but in this case it's more of a subtle crescendo — like a kinder, gentler giant version of the Nuge's "Stranglehold" — that is, until the home stretch when King Buffalo opens it up and gives it the spurs. This is most effective on the listener who is invested and has been hanging in there since the rolling throb of the opening notes.

The trio segues effortlessly into the next track, full of psychedelic beauty and blue cheer. The third and final song includes vocals that serve as a build up to the heavy thunder onslaught that cascades in mid-tempo at mid-song. Each song stands on its own through the sonic temple King Buffalo constructs; a sort of meditative contemplation with plenty of levels and swirling dynamics to get carried away.

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