It all began in Portland, Maine during the fall of 1998. The band that was to become Phantom Buffalo began playing music together as The Ponys. Within a year they were playing in basements and house parties surrounding the art school where they met. In 2002 (when they had finished school) they went into a recording studio to cut tracks for their debut album Shishimumu.
Recorded in 18 hours by Jon Wyman, mastered by David Cheppa and released by Nemo Bidstrup’s burgeoning Portland, Maine based record label Time-Lag Records, Shishimumu received the attention of Rough Trade records records, which released it in the UK February 2005 meeting critical acclaim. In 2008 Phantom Buffalo released Take to the Trees, and two years later released Cement Postcard With Owl Colours this time on the French label Micocultures. It was met with more critical acclaim:
“A sweet lo-fi dream : a pure indie rock yet with undeniable pop power album.”
MOJO (four stars)
"...[a] multitude of daydream-pop delights."
“Phantom Buffalo is brilliant.”
“Phantom Buffalo is one of the best American bands in the world... Throbbing, beautiful, mysterious songs, a fantastic songwriting... every second evidences utmost talent and inspiration. Now is more than time to raise the mystery on this huge band.”
ARTE - LE JOURNAL DE LA CULTURE
“Phantom Buffalo‘s third album is a possible record of the year.”
“These songs sound like no other ones and become more and more addictive each time you listen to them.”
“That is what’s so enthusing about this record: nothing is fake. Music, only pure music!”
INDIE ROCK MAG
“One of the most beautiful ways to innovate out of tradition, well done !”
“True lo-fi pop treasure,Cement Postcard With Owl Colours should make Phantom Buffalo's unbelievable musical genius obvious to anyone.”