[MP3] Local Natives: "World News" / "Airplanes"

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 NativesWorld News
[MP3] Local NativesAirplanes

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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KPat March 16, 2009 at 7:14 pm

that was really good. can you imagine the neighbors being out on their porch and all of the sudden they hear this? thanks.

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Gravity Rides Everything March 19, 2009 at 11:51 am

No, no, no. Total bummer. This band used to be called Cavil at Rest, and they completely killed. Gorgeous songs and harmonies, wonderful grooves.

Local Natives? Meh.

http://www.gravityrideseverythingblog.blogspot.com

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Anonymous March 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

This band is GREAT! I just saw them last night at SXSW as well as many others. However, this band is the one I keep thinking of. Great harmony with the vocals! Music was extremely fresh… Wish Local Natives the best of luck with success!

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Mary March 22, 2009 at 11:55 am

they’re really having fun. I love it.

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