I’ve been singing the praises of Virginia-based indie folk collective The Last Bison for the past few years — most recently with last fall’s terrific full-length “VA.” I could listen to the wonderfully distinctive vocals of frontman Ben Hardesty all day long so you can imagine my joy when The Last Bison wasted little time putting out more new music.
“Dorado” is a delightful four-track EP that should enthrall fans of The Last Bison, while hopefully earning them new supporters along the way. The good news keeps on coming with the revelation that the sextet will be returning to town next month for an April 7 headlining gig at Pittsburgh Winery.
In “Dorado,” The Last Bison have cobbled together a record that’s much more than a mere placeholder. The first three songs — “Souls in the Sand,” “This Changes Everything” and the title track — are as good as anything on “VA” or 2013 gem “Inheritance,” and mellow remaining cut “You Are the Only One” also merits some attention.
If you haven’t yet discovered the awesomeness of The Last Bison, you need to remedy that. Like immediately. And “Dorado” is as good a place as any to begin. (Jeffrey Sisk)