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Way back when bands were still able to perform for live audiences Local Natives debuted a new version of their song “Dark Days” featuring Sylvan Esso’s Amealia Meath they’ve shared the studio version of this indie collaboration. The update of the track from their 2016’ album “Sunlit Youth” finds Meath adding a brand new verse that, as Local Natives puts it, “taps into the nostalgia and the longing we all feel for a different time.” The new take was mixed by Spike Stent, known for his work with Madonna and Björk.

“It was a joy to dip into summertime with Local Natives,” Meath said of working with the band. “Dark Days’ is a beautiful illustration of being young, riding bikes, and trying to figure out how to love on and be vulnerable with someone. It was an honour to be asked to write a new verse and lend my voice to the story.”

Local Natives’ latest LP was last year’s Violet Street. Sylvan Esso, meanwhile, has recently released their live album and concert film WITH.

Local Natives performed the new version of their song “Dark Days” featuring Sylvan Esso’s Amealia Meath on Live with Jimmy Kimmel.

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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.”

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“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