#11 Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For Me

One of the most interesting debuts of the year was the eponymous record of the band created by Avi Zahner-Isenberg with his mates from high school in Long Beach. Despite their tender age, Avi Buffalo impressed blogs and critics alike by displaying an impeccable taste for the finest in psychedelic and Americana sounds. Comparisons to the likes of Wilco and Band Of Horses promptly followed; even the recently reunited Pavement fell for their charms and invited them to join the bill of their All Tomorrow’s Parties curated festival.

‘What’s In It For Me’ was the Californian four piece’s presentation card after being signed by Sub Pop records. Avi’s high-pitched vocals distilled naivety; teenage charm and its well-crafted tune have had it stuck in our mind since we first heard it.