Bands to Watch #135: Local Natives

By on Thursday, 24th September 2009 at 12:00 pm

Today, we’d like to introduce Local Natives

Local Natives (side)They Say:

They have the rhythmic lightness of Vampire Weekend, the hippie-barbershop harmonies of Fleet Foxes and the sense of the stately and dramatic, elegiac and epic that you get from the music of Arcade Fire. This means that sometimes you might consider Local Natives (is that a tautology or are they just pleased to see us?) to be a little pat, their songs almost too conveniently contemporary in the way that they tick all the boxes; or you might simply be grateful that you’re getting the best of three great bands in one neat – hairy, bearded – package.

The Guardian

A rich torrent of sound, with its ridiculously lush and soulful harmonies, conjuring a rhythmic tapestry of rootsy folk, suddenly the thought of wintertime doesn’t seem that bad at all, with a Local Natives album to cuddle up to and keep you warm through those dark months.

– Press Release

We Say:
It’s rich, vibrant, lush and gorgeous stuff that has us sort of reminded of Band of Horses – the sort of stuff that doesn’t challenge you too much but at the same time isn’t another dull-as-dishwater David Gray album. Substance, memorability and quality – yum.

You Say:
Watch a video of them doing an acoustic version of “World News” below, catch them on the NME Radar Tour over the next three weeks, or pickup their single, ‘Camera Talk’, which is the first taster from their debut ‘Gorilla Manor’ released on 26th October. You really have no excuse not to be on the Local Natives train as it leaves the station!


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[…] we’re a bit late onto the Local Natives love-in train (well, we did half heartedly introduce them a few months ago), but we got their new album earlier in the week, and honestly? It’s pretty darned […]

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