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Del Paxton "Auto Locator" LP

Del Paxton "Auto Locator" LP

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Buffalo's Del Paxton recorded their second full length Auto Locator
straight to tape over three cloudy days in a solar powered barn,
somewhere in New York's Finger Lakes.

Named for the rewind mechanism on the reel to reel tape machine on which the
band tracked the album, Auto Locator coils up the chemical trails of ribbon
binding old places and head spaces to our consciousness. Static and hiss leach
between analog track layers, blurring the normal and paranormal to remind us
that no memory is totally separate from a fiction - just like no drum track is totally
separate from bass.
Over Auto Locator's ten songs, Del Paxton rip shit like a band entering their
second decade of existence. On-the-nose opener "Freight Train Metaphor" throws
listeners face first into the band's first album since 2017, with a syncopated pulse
and arpeggiating guitar foreshadowing a record replete with punkish, serpentine
composition. "Up With a Twist," the album's lead track, deals in Del Paxton's
crashing punk vibrance, through which the band explores and laments the
uninspired architecture of American sprawl.
Second single "Chart Reader", whose origins trace back to a psychedelic dream
inspired by Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music, sees the trio dabbling
in emo Americana, even featuring a nod to John Denver's "Take Me Home,
Country Roads." Such unashamed references abound throughout Auto Locator,
which takes further inspiration from bands like Mock Orange, Third Eye Blind, and
Jimmy Eat World, all of whose influence can be heard on "Palpitations" and third
single "Spiritual Gymnastics."

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