KING BUFFALO – ” The Burden of Restlessness “

Posted: June 21, 2021 in MUSIC
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King Buffalo’s 3rd Full-Length album release, From the time Rochester, New York, trio King Buffalo announced last March that they’d be releasing three full-lengths over the course of the next 12 months

In today’s pandemic ridden world a challenge as much about logistics in pressing and distributing schedules, if not more so, as about recording the material itself with each one recorded in a different circumstance, anticipation has justly run high. The first of them, which is both part-one-of-three and the band’s third standalone long-player in its own right — a pivotal arrival for any act is “The Burden of Restlessness“, which collects seven tracks across 40 minutes of existence plainly derailed. That is to say, had 2020 not played out as it did in times of pandemic and sociopolitical unrest, King Buffalo‘s third LP would invariably be a much different outing.

The Burden of Restlessness captures the tension of paranoia and fear in its sharp guitar chugs, the notion of things going wrong but proceeding apace in its odd time signatures, churning and roiling grooves and the melancholy and languishing brought on by lockdown and lack of direction in its lyrics, as well as the inward and outward frustration brought on by the decaying of American political norms, the country nearly confronting its troubled history with racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests, as well as the right wing anti-progress cacophony that eventually manifested in the (arguably successful) terrorist putsch on the US Capitol in January.

The Burden of Restlessness can only be considered a success. It not only realizes a bridge between progressive heavy rock and psychedelia in a manner that is their own, but perhaps serves just as an initial stretch in an even wider blossoming of sound and craft. No matter what the next one or the one after brings, The Burden of Restlessness is one of 2021’s best and a fittingly otherworldly document of this surreal era.

The new album, ‘The Burden of Restlessness’ available June 4th.

Written and recorded by King Buffalo in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory in December of 2020 & January of 2021

King Buffalo

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