Cement Postcards with Owl Colours

by Phantom Buffalo

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about

There’s a Phantom Buffalo mystery.

Started in 2004 in Portland, Maine, the band—then called The Ponys—starts with an identity makeover before releasing the unbelievable Shishimumu: first album, unforeseen masterpiece of fun, luminous and otherworldly pop. Discovered by Rough Trade in Europe, the record gets a dazzling reception from online circles, and raving reviews from a handful of inspired papers: Mojo calls Shishimumu one of the top albums of the year, the French daily Libération dedicates an entire page of frantic enthusiasm to the album, Magicsalutes a “true marvel”. Logically, by now, Phantom Buffalo should have risen to the same heights as The Shins or The La’s, to whom they have often been compared, thereby earning the recognition their music deserves.

Yet that didn’t happen. Despite an excellent second record in 2008 (Take to the Trees), matching up to the hopes raised by the debut album and ravishing the (too few) early fans, despite Mojo’s unwavering loyalty, despite good word of mouth (notably through new media outlets), a lacking distribution deal kept the band under the radar.

It is 2010. Phantom Buffalo is still here, with a third album already recorded, awaiting its listeners. With Cement Postcard With Owl Colours (the surrealistic title actually comes from an automated translation of a French review of Shishimumu), fans of the first albums will remember why they fell in love, five years ago, with this unexpected yet savory mix of offhandedness and melodic inspiration, held by the most luminous vocals. Let us hope others too will become enchanted by this undisciplined, lo-fi gem, which is set to promote Phantom Buffalo from its remote underground fame to a well-deserved notoriety as a new independent pop reference.

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released August 1, 2010

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Microcultures Records is an indie French label (Phantom Buffalo, Soltero, Nesles, Jim Yamouridis, John Cunningham, Nicolas Paugam, Bertrand Betsch, Manolo Redondo...).

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