The Last Bison
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With their most recent work SÜDA, Last Bison have stampeded down from the mountaintop and landed in the wild lands, where they inhabit world rhythms, ambient oases and crystalline stone-cathedrals with music that echoes out into the night. After 2014 sessions polishing their more pastoral arrangements into larger visions for the LP VA and EP Dorado, Last Bison have gone through a lineup change and pushed even further into a grander sonic landscape that they’ve felt their arrangements always deserved. SÜDA was tracked at COLLECTOR studios in Norfolk, VA in the summer of 2016 with new faces on board and a new goal in mind: to expand their songs into creations that more closely matched the sounds that they hear in their own heads every day.
SÜDA is a continuance of the spirit that birthed Inheritance and VA and moves the music into technicolor. The focus of writing revolved around the concept of the time singer Ben Hardesty spent as a child in the rainforests of Bolivia with his missionary parents. The songs focus on themes of longing, times remembered, and the desire for spiritual and tonal catharsis. The sound is not so much a departure from the previous vision of stark and lush chamber folk, but a broader stroke from the same intimate brush that originally drew fans to the music and members. Now, Last Bison are ready to express the passion they’ve poured into their project since inception in more fully formed maturity and share their hearts anew, for the first time, once again.