While anyone and everyone is gearing up for the SXSW shenanigans, there isn’t a better time to delve into the new tunes put forth by Local Natives. Aside from playing eight SXSW shows in the span of four days, these California natives rely on heavy, layered vocal melodies to create the rich sounds found on their upcoming debut LP Gorilla Manor. I’ve only recently started spinning their material but can already hear similarities to the smooth vocals and folk-pop arrangements of bands like Jump, Little Children and The Format.
[MP3] Local Natives – World News
[MP3] Local Natives – Airplanes
If the pair of tracks above are any indication the direction this five-piece from L.A. are heading, their reception amongst independent music fans should be something to keep an eyeball on. They recently wrapped up a Daytrotter session and had the good fortune of landing the same official SXSW showcase as Grizzly Bear and Elvis Perkins on Thursday night. The conditions are prime for the band to blow-up or bust; in the meantime, be sure to check out the fun video below of Local Natives covering one of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel tracks under the tree in their backyard.
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