Bandcamp Pick of the Week: Roaming Herds of Buffalo

One of the coolest things about being a music blogger is when a band you’ve never heard of contacts you about possibly covering their new album, you listen to it, and it’s incredibly high quality stuff. Artists contact us all the time and, on some level, I like almost all the music that is sent to me and do my best to give it the coverage it deserves. It’s not a full-time gig for me right now, but for a band like Roaming Herds of Buffalo, I find the time.

Possibly you’re familiar with a Seattle band called Skeletons with Flesh on Them. Some dudes from the band got together for this brand new group that has only played a few shows at this point. Roaming Herds of Buffalo’s self-titled debut album, which gets its official release to the world next month, has easily become an addiction for me. The fact that these boys already have several years of experience creating music definitely comes through in this awesome set of songs.

You may be stunned to know that you can get songs like this for free over at Bandcamp. The entire album is available for free download right now, and it would be ridiculous for you to pass this up. Honestly, it’d be a little ridiculous for you to pass it up even if it cost a little money, because it’s just one of those things. One of those things that’s so good, you want it to be yours. With so much desirable music in the world, that’s saying a lot — because I may not buy all the new albums I want to this year, but I’d buy this one dozens of times over if I had to.

I’m just here to tell you that it’s great indie rock that’s captivated me to my core. There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking or unique about any single element in Roaming Herds of Buffalo, but as they are combined, they create something notably flawless. Just as Grace Kelly was effortlessly beautiful, and kittens are effortlessly adorable, these songs are effortlessly composed. The album sounds like one of the most natural things in the world.

It was hearing “Repaired” that made me realize what I was listening to was not just some young band hoping to make its way in the world. I mean, they are that, basically. But these guys sound seasoned, like they’ve been there and back, but still deliver with the freshness of an act on the rise.

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