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New Buffalo

New Buffalo EP

(Arts & Crafts; US: 25 Apr 2006; UK: 5 Aug 2005; Australia release date: 5 Aug 2005)

A classic stopgap EP, this five-track release from the Australian singer-songwriter New Buffalo (real name Sally Seltmann) throws together a few remixes/alternate versions of tracks from 2005’s debut album with a couple of outtakes/leftovers. It makes for an eclectic listen, the lounge-pop of “Inside” giving way to the near-ambient Broken Social Scene remix of “I’ve Got You and You’ve Got Me”, the piano-led “Stay Here While You’re Gone”, and the Sundays-meet-PJ Harvey re-recording of “I’ve Got You…”. Seltmann knows the “quirky/eccentric” territory well—her biggest asset since she’s not a particularly gifted singer. A suitably mopey Sunday morning soundtrack to go with your dour newspaper headlines.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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