BY JOHN B. MOORE
Houston-based alt country/folkies Buxton have used their third effort to branch out a bit into new musical territories and the result is pretty satisfying. The strong acoustic vibe is still at the band’s core, but with Half A Native the five piece is dabbling a bit in psychedelic pop (“Good As Gone”) and indie rock (about half the record).
The change is not so monumental as to alienate fans, but the sound shows a band growing more confident in its abilities. Hell, if Mumford & Sons, the band that single handedly revived the banjo industry a few years ago, can put out a full length album with nary a single banjo strummed, then Buxton fans can get used to a little distorted guitar here and there.
There are some weaker tracks that pop up, but overall it’s a pretty impressive album from Buxton. And while they should be congratulated for opening up to new sounds and influences the band proves they can still lay down a beautiful stripped down song, like the aching sweet “Be Somebody Else”.
DOWNLOAD: “Miss Catalina 1991,” “Be Somebody Else” and “Icebreaker”