12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A breezy, sophisticated leap forward for the L.A. indie-pop band. Refining the primal thump of 2010’s Gorilla Manor and wide-open anthems of 2013’s Hummingbird, Sunlit Youth is a lean, polished album that folds soft rock (“Dark Days”), electro-pop (“Masters”), and soul (“Coins”) into the band’s passionate—and passionately eclectic—sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A breezy, sophisticated leap forward for the L.A. indie-pop band. Refining the primal thump of 2010’s Gorilla Manor and wide-open anthems of 2013’s Hummingbird, Sunlit Youth is a lean, polished album that folds soft rock (“Dark Days”), electro-pop (“Masters”), and soul (“Coins”) into the band’s passionate—and passionately eclectic—sound.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

119 Ratings

Junior slump?

Scolding a Banana,

Does not approach their earlier work. Rave reviews are desperate gulps of Kool-Aid.

Huge Disappointment

Dickdickler,

Im a hardcore Natives fan. Im also not a hipster. This is nothing like their previous two albums. I know bands progress and as they do their sound changes. This album still has their signature sound but sounds like the rest of the electronic hipster trash out these days. Don't get me wrong, their previous albums really set them apart from the rest of the hipster garbage every one is sniveling over right now. Im really disappointed the lush guitars are replaced with synth and electronic drums on almost every song. Everybody raving on this album is a hipster sheep.

About Local Natives

Formed in 2008, Local Natives craft their dramatic and eclectic brand of indie rock from their home base in Los Angeles, California. Meeting in their Orange County high school, guitarists Ryan Hahn and Taylor Rice and keyboardist Kelcey Ayer (all of whom handle vocal duties) recruited drummer Matt Frazier and bassist Andy Hamm and moved to Silver Lake, where they began to forge their highly collaborative sound. Utilizing lots of vocal harmonies and drifting, dreamlike melodies, Local Natives have an intricate feel based around the delicate interconnectedness of all of their parts. This gives the band a sound that is orchestral while still feeling understated, evoking the carefully assembled pop of Grizzly Bear. Their debut, Gorilla Manor, arrived in 2009 through U.K. label Infectious Records (with a domestic release coming by way of Frenchkiss in 2010). In 2011, Andy Hamm left Local Natives, leaving them to continue on as a quartet. In 2013, the band returned with its second long-player, Hummingbird, featuring the single "Breakers." Shortly after the album was released, it was announced that Hamm's touring replacement, bassist Nick Ewing, had officially joined the band. Now a quintet, Local Natives continued to tour in support of their sophomore release, which reached number 12 on the Billboard 200 as well as charting in parts of Western Europe. Their well-anticipated third album, Sunlit Youth, arrived in the summer of 2016 via Infectious and Loma Vista Recordings. A new single, "I Saw You Close Your Eyes," was released in early 2017 along with a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk." ~ Gregory Heaney

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