Tune -in later today to watch an acoustic live performance from The White Buffalo Live on Paste magazine’s “Paste Studio On The Road.” For the episode, The White Buffalo, aka Jake Smith drops into Paste Studio at the Rebels & Renegades Festival in Monterey, CA for a stripped-down performance and interview. Watch the performance Saturday, October 15, LIVE at 1:30p PT streaming via Paste, HERE.
Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter and musician The White Buffalo will release his 8th studio album Year Of the Dark Horse, November 11 via Snakefarm Records; the album is available for pre-order now, HERE.
Recorded at Neon Cross Studios in Nashville, TN with Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, Fidlar), “My forthcoming album is a sonic and lyrical journey of one lunar year in one man’s life,” says Jake Smith, The White Buffalo. “Four seasons in 12 songs… Loosely based on my twisted truths and adventures. I wanted to show the seasonal effect on the heart and the mind. I also wanted to abandon sonically, everything. Escape the acoustic clutches and genres I’ve been associated with and shackled to. I wanted to make my headphones album. Every song bleeds into the next.”
Roughly based around the shifting of the seasons paralleled with the shifting of a relationship, on Year Of The Dark Horse, Smith continues his evocative storytelling through emotionally weighted songs that allow the imagination of the listener to play an important part throughout; the music builds on a tale of debauchery and blame, of love and loss, a life lived against the odds, the whole thing set in one lunar year, following our anti-hero through the highs and lows of the seasons.
TWB has shared the first single and video off the album, “Not Today,” watch HERE. “Not Today” immediately draws the listener with its hopeful metaphor of the start of a new year which fades through a horse race and wanes as the days tick on until ultimately another year has passed by. From highlights “Kingdom For A Fool,” “52 Card Pickup,” “Donna,” and more, Year Of The Dark Horse offers an invigorating and wonderfully unpredictable listen. A collection of 12 musical vignettes individual yet constant in flow, it’s The White Buffalo’s most ambitious and well-rounded work to date, with the full scope of Smith’s songwriting craft on view.
Now with seven albums plus various EPs in its locker The White Buffalo--is rounded out by touring/recording compadres Christopher Hoffee, bassist/keyboards/guitars, and drummer Matt Lynott.