If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, the fact that the debut record by Local Natives is our Album of the Week should come as no surprise. Since receiving an advance copy in early 2010, it has been in heavy rotation at MUSIC SAVES, and we're really excited that we can finally sell it to people. Every time we've played the record in the store, someone has inevitably asked "Who is this? It sounds AWESOME!"; and it is AWESOME!
Local Natives may remind you of many other bands, but it's only small elements of other bands that are triggering the recognition in your mind. You may hear a voice reminiscent of My Morning Jacket's Jim James or Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold from one of the three singers credited on the record (they don't say who sings what), but the accompanying music is far from the Americana tinge of those bands. Instead, you'll find aspects of Aloha in the chiming guitars, and The National in the propulsive drumming. The use of multiple singers in most songs will at times remind you of the first Yeasayer record, or the exuberance of Arcade Fire. Once all these disparate reference points are combined, Local Natives become a truly unique, yet instantly recognizable band. As a result, Gorilla Manor will fit perfectly on your record shelf.
Recommended If You Like:
Yeasayer, Aloha, the tribe, boys singing 3-part harmonies, musical layers galore.
kids way too young to be making music this good.
having a buzz (just strong enough to lose your inhibitions without doing something stupid).
being in the city, but still smelling the beach.
Listen to When:
you need music to remind you that you are alive.
Vinyl the Cat says:
I wish I could sing so I could join in on all the fun.
Local Natives - Sun Hands
Local Natives - Airplanes