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The White Buffalo - Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights album review

Vignettes from American life from an LA troubadour

Cover art for The White Buffalo - Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights album

There’s something nostalgic about the work of singer-songwriter Jake Smith, aka The White Buffalo, even though he’s working firmly in the here and now. He’s a storyteller, and his vignettes of American life have a sense of timelessness that could place his characters at any point in the last 100 years.

His deep, rumbling voice and thumping, blues-saturated rock combine to drag you into a world of dusty small-town drama – no wonder the makers of Sons Of Anarchy saw fit to use his music on the show.

There are echoes of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ Red Right Hand in Robbery, a tale of violence, greed and dishonour among thieves, while The Observatory is a delicate moment of reflection that wouldn’t be completely out of place in the early pages of Ryan Adams’ back catalogue.

Turn the telly off and introduce yourself to the inhabitants of The White Buffalo’s world.