Alt-J 'Buffalo' With Mountain Man on Ornately Folky Soundtrack Cut

'Silver Linings Playbook' soundtrack is out November 19

Alt-J
Mercury Prize winners Alt-J plot 'Buffalo' buffaloing / Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images
Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

Buffalo is a musical word, so appealing it thrives despite the American bison having little to do with the African buffalo or Asian water buffalo, and only maybe slightly more to do with the city of Buffalo, New York. Alt-J cover all their buffalo bases on "Buffalo," a collaboration with Feist-backing Vermont woodswomen Mountain Man. Set to appear on the November 19 soundtrack to upcoming David O. Russell film Silver Linings Playbook, the intricately gloaming track neatly demonstrates the hybrid of rootsy folk and future-bent electronics that helped the band's September debut An Awesome Wave nab Britain's Mercury Prize.

The rustic siren vocals of Mountain Man's harmonizing trio impressively bring out the more down-to-earth aspects of a band also known to format its name as the Greek letter delta. But what you're most likely to walk away with stuck between your ears is guitarist-singer Joe Newman's animal-tracking flight of lyrical fancy toward the end: "The buffalo from Buffalo who are buffaloed by the buffalo / From Buffalo, buffalo, ah, the buffalo, from Buffalo." The song will join previously released material from Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and Alabama Shakes on the soundtrack — which might or might not go well with a plate of spicy, buffalo-free Buffalo wings.

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 DJ Center — 2AM inna London Dub " 05:10
  • 2 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — Eurydice " 04:19
  • 3 Twin Shadow — To The Top " 03:20
  • 4 Fantasmes — Bare Bones " 04:58
  • 5 The Black Angels — An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street " 03:20
  • 6 Soundgarden — Black Hole Sun (Demo) " 05:54
  • 7 J Dilla — Give Em What They Want " 02:45

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA