Shifting Buffalo is the work of Ben Fuller, a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter who has been writing and recording material for over 25 years.
The Shifting Buffalo project began back in 2005 but it was two years later that that things really started in their earnest after Ben had joined an Immersion Composition Society, known as the Burning Lodge whereby the participants immerse themselves in 12 hour music writing sessions. From these composition sessions Ben wrote countless songs forming the basis of his EP, Wrong (released in 2008) and debut album Carpe Diem, Baby (2011)
2012 has already seen Ben’s Shifting Buffalo project take in a number of successful live performances and now comes the release of his latest single, Step By Step. The track is a harmony enriched indie pop number complete with a few tasty guitar riffs and a kind of laidback, languid vocal drawl that perhaps brings to mind the likes of Neil Finn or other like pop hook minded artists.
The single has a nice summery vibe and the chorus is catchy enough but for me there’s nothing that really helps the track stand out, there are loads of singer-songwriters peddling the same kind of happy go lucky indie pop and to really make a mark you either need a really distinctive voice, interesting instrumentation or a chorus that’ll stick to you like a limpet, unfortunately, Step By Step is a little run of the mill, one of those tracks that sound alright on the radio but don’t need to run out and buy.
Rhythm & Booze Rating 6
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