Out with the old, the organic, the expected, the tried; in with the new – new producer, new studio, new location, no distractions, no looking back. Enter ‘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. For Jake, it was time to take the less-traveled path and embark on a voyage of discovery.
You think we’re a country band? A folk band? Americana? Rock? What the fuck are you gonna say now?! laughs Jake. 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.Jake Smith
Roughly based around the shifting of the seasons paralleled with the shifting of a relationship, on ‘Year Of The Dark Horse‘, Smith continues his evocative storytelling through emotionally weighted songs that allow the imagination of the listener plays an important part throughout; the music 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. From his tracks “Kingdom For A Fool,” “52 Card Pickup,” and “Donna,” ‘Year Of The Dark Horse‘ offers an invigorating and wonderfully unpredictable listen.
A collection of 12 musical vignettes-individual yet constant in flow, it’s The White Buffalo’s most ambitious and well-rounded work to date, with the full scope of Smith’s songwriting craft on view.
‘Year Of The Dark Horse’
- Not Today
- Winter Act 2
- Kingdom For A Fool
- Love Will Never Come/Spring’s Song
- She Don’t Know That I Lie
- C’mon Come Up Come Out
- Love Song #3
- Heart Attack
- Am I Still A Child
- 52 Card Pickup
- Life Goes On
Read our interview with Jake Smith from 2020: “The White Buffalo Gets Intimate with His New Album, ‘On The Widow’s Walk'”.