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California indie band, Local Natives, released their junior album “Sunlit Youth” in September of last year and have returned with a new single! “The Only Heirs” is a collaboration with Nico Segal (who had previously worked with Chance the Rapper as Donnie Trumpet).

“The Only Heirs” is quintessential Local Natives sound; including gorgeous harmonies and synths. This track, however, brings aboard a new sound: Segal’s trumpet.

Local Natives are still touring their previous album and will make stops at various festivals throughout this summer.

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Los Angeles indie-pop powerhouse Local Natives released a new video today for “Dark Days,” the latest single off their 2016 album “Sunlit Youth”. The video finds the band in Asia, South America, and the Pacific Islands, goofing around in the sunny settings of where they recorded the record last year. “Growing up in Southern California, we didn’t have many days without sun,” . “‘Dark Days’ brought to mind good memories of swimming on rainy days and sneaking out to your girlfriend’s house.” Flush with light-leaks and sepia-toned saturation, the song and video capture the album’s languid leisure as its songwriters sit perched in hammocks and its bassist crashes against ebullient waves

After releasing two impressive yet very different albums, the boys of Local Natives faced a crossroads on Sunlit Youth. They could have reverted to the largely cloudless, year-round summer of Gorilla Manor or honed the somber sound of Hummingbird. Instead they chose a more difficult road, tiptoeing the line between their past works while incorporating shades of mainstream indie rock, doing so with minimal missteps.

The familiar Local Natives themes are present — nostalgia, darkness, summer, darkness in the summer — but because the presentation is different they don’t feel like retreads. Take “Dark Days”, a track that, had it been on Hummingbird, would have been an edgeless swirl of vocal harmonies and guitar. Here, plucky percussion, rich bass, and an honest-to-God guest vocalist in The Cardinal’s Nina Persson, support the track and it winds up being one of the record’s early highlights.

The stop-and-start pulse of “Coins” is another fresh twist on the Local Natives formula, with singer Taylor Rice going for broke, and a remarkable bridge that takes the band’s afrobeat percussive influence and bakes in elements of acid jazz and funk.

Because the songs are less amorphous the bass line plays a larger role, and bassist Nik Ewing rises to the occasion. In fact, Ewing, who joined the band in 2012, might just be the big winner of Sunlit Youth. On “Psycho Lover” he provides a thick rumble that is essential to the inherent drama, on “Fountain of Youth” he gives listeners something to cling to during the whirlpool. He also anchors “Sea of Years”, the album’s thoughtful closer.

Single “Past Lives” winds up feeling a bit like filler within the context of Sunlit Youth. It’s tense and urgent, and feels more chaotic than much of their previous work, but it doesn’t showcase any of the band members doing anything particularly well. The three-note melody stays with you, but the track as a whole feels workmanlike.

Elsewhere, the risks taken don’t entirely pay off. “Ellie Alice” is a pleasing, primarily acoustic jaunt, but percussion is what the band does better than their peers, and while it’s a perfectly pleasant listen it also would’ve benefitted from a stronger rhythmic presence.

“Everything All at Once” is a soaring crowd-pleaser, with cinematic strings and a heart-on-the-sleeve, slow motion chorus that harkens back to Hummingbird. It’s got as much studio polish as anything the band has released, but the fact that it still feels heartfelt is certainly a positive indicator for Local Natives.

Sunlit Youth does feel more indebted to contemporary indie bands like Young the Giant or Phoenix than their previous records, but it’s also a fascinating snapshot of the band during an inevitable transitional phase. There may not be anything that perfectly captures the Jump-into-river-baby carefree innocence of “Who Knows Who Cares” or the Every-day-is-life-or-death despondence of “Black Balloons”, but variety is key to longevity, and Local Natives prove here that they aren’t as polar as they seemed

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Local Natives are gearing up to release their third album, Sunlit Youth, in a few weeks. We’ve already heard the tracks Past Lives,” “Villainy,” andFountain Of Youth from the Californian band’s upcoming LP, and today they’re sharing a sultry, sunny new track called “Coins,” complete with a pastel-colored lyric video. In theri twitterpage they mention that it’s “quickly become one of our favorite songs to play live.”


“Coins” off the upcoming album ‘Sunlit Youth’ by Local Natives. Album out September 9th

Local Natives returned in April with “Past Lives,” the band’s first new song since their 2013 sophomore LP Hummingbird. Zane Lowe shared another new track from the band on his Beats 1 show. “Villainy,” he says, is the “the first piece of music from” their upcoming third album, which does not yet have a title. During an interview with Lowe, the band’s Taylor Rice and Ryan Hahn say they wrote over 50 songs when making the album; they say that, in the past, they wrote about 16 or 18 per record

“Villainy” off the upcoming album ‘Sunlit Youth’ by Local Natives.
Album out September 9th

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It’s been three years since we last heard new music from Local Natives, but today that changed with the surprise release of a brand new song named “Past Lives.” The band premiered it last night at a surprise show in Los Angeles, and today they released a stream to the rest of the world.

“Past Lives” features some of those ever-familiar and delightful vocals, keeping that familiar sound while also taking a big leap forward in terms of scope and incorporation of some new elements that create a much bigger sound. This song will satisfy all of the bands fans, delivering big harmonies and percussion, all under one big shiny package.

We can only assume that “Past Lives” will be included on their eventual third album, which hopefully will be released sometime this year. For now, “Past Lives’ will certainly hold us over.


Enjoy italong with a message that Local Natives’ Taylor Rice provided along with the song

The world is not static, it’s made new over and over again. But we tend to live the same patterns in a loop, loving the same way, wrestling the same demons, the same dynamics playing out around us again and again. Untangling every moment and decision that led us to where we are now can make fate feel concrete, inescapable. But our world is not fixed, it’s constantly reemerging, and we can change it into whatever we want.

I caught Local Natives four maybe five times last year and they played wonderous sets the band seemed to be in overdrive and performances were just incredible, great musicians with greater songs.

Local Natives (previously known as Cavil at Rest) is an indie rock band based in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, USA. Their debut album, “Gorilla Manor, was first released in the UK in November 2009Their sound has been described as “afro-pop influenced guitars with hyperactive drumming and hooky three-part harmonies”. also described their style as psych folk, or new fangled folk.

At Lollapalooza the band announced that they built a new studio and are working on completing their second full length album, “Hummingbird“, which was released January 2013. produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, and though it has departed from the “battle-cry urgency” of Gorilla Manor, singer/guitarist Taylor Rice doesn’t look at ‘Hummingbird’ as a darker album pointing out moments of optimism, and attributing the altered subject matter to the changes and emotions that have come in the last few years since their debut.

In August of 2014, at a concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, as part of the Twilight Concert Series, the band announced that they had already begun work on their third studio album.


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