Lord Buffalo: “Axolotl”

Austin’s Lord Buffalo often sounds ancient (“like the Anthology Of American Folk Music beamed from outer space,” is how I put it previously). Their music is a particularly slowed-down take on psych-folk, practically crawling out from the darkness, so it makes sense they’d name a song after a creature as old and strange as the axolotl. This salamander is native to lakes in central Mexico, walking along the seabed instead of swimming, and likewise, Lord Buffalo’s song version is unhurried. It creeps along, biding its time before exploding with each chorus. The band’s Daniel Pruitt says “Axolotl” is partly “about facing those different parts of yourself that maybe you don’t want to recognize.” Here, you’re face-to-face with an animal side that’s as old as time.

“Axolotl” appears on “Axolotl” b/w “Indian Summer,” out August 24 via the band’s Bandcamp. Lord Buffalo plays Hotel Vegas on August 24.

–Art Levy // Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

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