Themes of changing, heavy uses of percussion and a bitter-sweet tone brought to the forefront excellently by the vocals of Taylor Rice result in a satisfactory opening to the most complete Local Natives record yet. And yet, when the formula's this successful, can you blame them for sticking with what they know? Giving ways to unique developments in instrumentation and distortion as the constant drum beat and humming carry the listener through. Their sophomore album, Hummingbird, was a gloomy one and came following the death of one of their lead singers mother, and the bass player leaving the band. . These little experimentations are welcome additions to Local Natives' trademark sound, which otherwise remains largely intact here. Whilst stunning in its own right, its appeal was less instant, making more use of build-ups and layering, and on the whole haunted by feelings of grief.
Even then though, the skill and charm Local Natives have at their disposal means that in flirting with this tricky balance, the band get it right more often than not. Sunlit Youth may not be the massive leap forward some fans may have wanted, but it's far from a step back. But no one except Beyonce is Beyonce, and this flawed album is nowhere near bad. Credit: Renata Raks Local Natives are somewhat of an enigma, you never quite know what to expect. It arrives with a greater focus on synths than before. I confess to liking Duran Duran and the Bee gees in my youth.
Anyone who read my review of Hummingbird over three years ago will know how highly I rate the Californian group. At The Student Playlist, we believe that the entirety of popular music is capable of being art, not merely entertainment. Manhattans are drunk, but the narrative is about being lost in Los Angeles. The song is extremely powerful, reconciling with the inaccessible nature of violent acts and their motivations, and attempting to parse the effects of such acts and how they flow into various aspects of our lives. It, too, takes a local angle, with the band sending a shout out to culture galvanizer Dorothy Chandler, who raised funds for the construction of the Los Angeles Music Center. Different from the lovely, fluttery, colorful debut, Hummingbird was still an excellent piece of work. Where that album was - in both the making and the listening - heavy, emotionally shattering and, eventually, beautifully cathartic, from the title down Sunlit Youth is about what happens when you throw the curtains wide again.
Their first album, Gorilla Manor, was one of energy and positivity. The band foregoes any rich vocal arrangements in favor of big synth-y production. I prefer In Utero to Nevermind and safe as milk instead of Trout Mask Replica. The chirpy, animated nature of debut Gorilla Manor has been shoved in a melting pot with the far more melancholic contents of Hummingbird, the final product becoming a perfectly listenable but never exceptional hybrid of the two. Their sophomore album, Hummingbird, was a gloomy one and came following the death of one of their lead singers mother, and the bass player leaving the band. With a debut that shone with the wide-eyed excitement of a band experiencing first album praise and a touring lifestyle, to a polar opposite sophomore effort that dealt with loss and heartbreak, Local Natives are a band unafraid to let you know exactly what they are feeling.
Sunlit Youth, overall, is very ambitious. Things are looking up on their follow-up, Sunlit Youth. At The Student Playlist, we believe that the entirety of popular music is capable of being art, not merely entertainment. For all the globe-trotting that went into the album, this is a band that - perhaps more than any other at the moment - innately sound like and capture their Californian home in all its beautiful complexity. Northern Transmissions is a Music website that features interviews from musicians and bands we love.
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. With Sunlit Youth, Local Natives test the exciting possibilities of their sound, and show us where that sound may be heading in the future. With 2010 debut Gorilla Manor, Local Natives served immediately palatable, but undeniably expansive rock. Local Natives are somewhat of an enigma, you never quite know what to expect. We have interviewed so many of them, from The Drums to Destroyer.
Their first album, Gorilla Manor, was one of energy and positivity. You can feel this mentality throughout the album, no two songs sound the same. The caveat is that you can't help but feel like they're playing it safe, even with the new flourishes and genre exercises. Their first release, , bursted with energy in almost every single song, taking poetic details and developing them into full blown chants with an amazing thematic clarity. After releasing two impressive yet very different albums, the boys of Local Natives faced a crossroads on Sunlit Youth. Foremost it is music that I love, that is what drove me to create this site.
Whilst stunning in its own right, its appeal was less instant, making more use of build-ups and layering, and on the whole haunted by feelings of grief. The tune contemplates the highs and lows of life. In its place is a more palatable but distinctly less exciting listen. The Pacific Ocean and Silicon Valley. Indeed, Local natives are still as good at being gentle as they can be glorious.