BLACK & WHITE CAT • BLACK & WHITE CAKE: Self-titled: CS

It’s hard to describe how Buffalo this tape is, but it’s a special place that just doesn’t translate. It’s a kind of mix of hardcore synth goth that comes out of a place where punk scenes have room for all manner of noise because, for most of the year, you need to be in rooms together since the outside is inhospitable. You build up a certain kind of skin and that skin is what is on display here. Slightly inscrutable but with a sense of whimsy that is more a send-up of similar NYC artists who take themselves too seriously than a satire. For fans of Cold Cave or a more stripped down version of The Faint or anyone (like me) who loves Buffalo deeply. –Theresa W. (No Coast)