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For its third album, the band Buxton relocated from their native Houston to L.A. to work with producer Thom Monahan, who’s manned the boards for recordings by Devendra Banhart, Vetiver, and Beachwood Sparks that bridge the span between ’60s folk pop and modern indie rock, and together they crafted an album, Half a Native, that deserves to be filed right next to them, thanks to its blend of sugar-sweet hooks and honky tonk twang.
The record’s titular composition is also one of its most outstanding—a hushed and intimate meditation on front man Sergio Trevino’s experience trying to connect his Mexican heritage with his involvement in a music scene that still skews lily white, backed up by cosmic slide guitar and a fingerpicked part on a suitably humble $30 guitar that Trevino picked up at a thrift store.
Half a Native is out Mar. 3 on New West Records in digital form as well as on CD and 180 gram vinyl.