Blue Night – Buxter Hoot’n

20 Jun

At Can You Hear This, we receive a considerable number of emails every day about upcoming bands to feature on the blog. Often there are real gems tucked in between the block emails, including the notification about the Strummerville album. However, what really caught my eye was an email with a pretty promising subject. A new band, Buxter Hoot’n (I still don’t fully understand the name) are apparently a musical melange of Bob Dylan and The National. This set high expectations for me as a huge fan of The National and to an extent Bob Dylan (I saw him last summer at a festival and he didn’t play my favourite song. Petty, but how often am I going to see such a musical icon?) Further into the email, it explained that “all it takes is thirty seconds or so with their third album, a self-titled affair due for release this coming month, to situate them where they belong, on a classier plain of Americana among the likes of Bob Dylan and The National and Counting Crows from back when they were good.” Take a listen to their single, Blue Night and judge for yourself:

For me, the The National comparison was perfect. It’s the type of music that can move people, stay emotional but never venture into indulgent territories (see: Coldplay’s latest single, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall). The Wounded Jukebox praised ‘the gorgeous shredding by lead guitarist Ben Andrews throughout ,’ which is a fair statement. However, for me it’s the lyrics that weave wistfully amongst the music. On Blue Night, Buxter Hoot’n sing:

‘I want to feel tomorrow come,

I want to steal tomorrow’s gun.’

It’s here that the band excel, creating little soundbites that will prove endlessly quotable. It reminds me of Alphaville’s Forever Young where they sung ‘All the songs we forgot to play,’ in their popular ode to youth and all things teenager. In their promotional email, Buxter Hoot’n’s sound is described as ‘the music that feels like it came right out of the earth and is the kind of record you put on a long road trip, that will not only accompany the scenery, but also the emotions that inspire a cross country drive or move.’ For once, this promotional claim is justified. There’s something about road trips that seem endlessly attractive, the thoughtful, scenery-inspired conversations, the open top cars, Katy Perry in sunglasses. Whilst Buxter Hoot’n are a slightly more sedate version of many summer pop songs, that probably works in their favour.

Here’s the video and be sure to check out their website where you can download a song called Night Life for free! Some other highlights on the full album include Curtain, Out The Door and In The Morning.

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