The White Buffalo will return this autumn with his eighth studio album titled Year Of The Dark Horse.
The Oregon-born, Southern California-bred artist has completed the record with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, Fidlar) at his Neon Cross studio in Nashville.
Speaking about the album, singer-songwriter-guitarist Jake Smith says:
You think we’re a country band? A folk band? Americana? Rock? What the fuck are you gonna say now?! With this album, I wanted something outside of what I’ve ever done. I wanted to open up.
Do something dangerous. I’m hard to put into a singular genre as it is, but now I really wanted to take away any kind of preconception or pigeon-holing.
And don’t ask me, cos I don’t know what it is! It’s a genre-bending thing–there’s elements and influences from ELO, Daniel Lanois, Tom Waits, The Boss, circus, pirate music, yacht rock.
I’m driving and pushing some of these numbers in a way I’ve never done before.
Roughly based on the shifting of the seasons paralleled with the shifting of a relationship, Year Of The Dark Horse builds on a tale of debauchery (of the drunken variety) 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.
Year Of The Dark Horse is available for pre-order from September 29th and will be released on November 11th, 2022 via Snakefarm Records.
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The White Buffalo recently performed live at Rock Palast in Germany, watch the full performance back below.
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