Local Natives

Local Natives’ new song will only play if your eyes are closed

Local Natives have released their new song “I Saw You Close Your Eyes.” Before you give the song a listen on its website, CloseYourEyes.net, the band have a very specific set of instructions that you need to follow. “In order for this experience to work best, please turn the lights off in your room and turn the brightness up on your laptop,” begins the directions. “If you’re wearing glasses, remove them for a moment. Then click the link to grant access to your eyes below, position your head about 12 inches from the screen and close your eyes when you’re ready to listen.” The website will then use your computer’s camera, and the song will play only if you keep your eyes closed the entire time. Listen to it here if you are ready.

The band also shared their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk.”  They recorded the cover in the same studio where Fleetwood Mac recorded their original. It is part of a new Spotify series called “Music Happens Here.” Listen to it below.

Hangout Festival reveals 2017 lineup: Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper set to headline

Hangout Music Festival have released its 2017 lineup. The three-day festival will take place May 19th – 21st in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Frank Ocean will headline with Chance the Rapper and Mumford and Sons. Other acts include MGMT, Weezer, Sigur Rós, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, Mac DeMarco, Local Natives, Charli XCX, Warpaint, ASAP Ferg, Lil Yachty, DJ Snake, and Young the Giant.

Three-day tickets will be on sale starting Thursday, December 1st at 11:00 a.m. CT.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Everything All At Once – Local Natives

2. Season 2 Episode 3 – Glass Animals

3. I Wanna Touch You – The She-Devils

4. Tuff Ghost – The Unicorns

5. When I Get Home – Post Animal

6. Forever, Until – Dog Bite

7. Welcome To Your New Life – Alohaha

8. Ghosting – Mother Mother

9. Smoke Rings – Modern Vice

10. Ya Ya Ya – You Won’t

11. Skateboarding Girl – Sick Sad World

12. Do I Make You Feel Shy? – Connan Mockasin

13. Tulips – The Bilianda Butchers

14. Egg – The Garden

15. Black Cherry – Las Rosas

16. Only 4 U – Rivergazer

17. Had Ten Dollaz – Cherry Glazerr

18. I’ve Wasted So Much Time – Enjoy

19. Badillac – Together Pangea

20. Lost My Mind – Froth

Early Look at Local Natives’ “Sunlit Youth”

We here at Melodic Tree were lucky enough to get our hands on Local Natives’ upcoming album, Sunlit Youth, and after listening to it on repeat for a few days we thought we’d share a few of our initial reactions and maybe give you some things to look forward to on the official release date this Friday.

If you have already listened to the three singles that have been released off the new album – “Villainy”, “Past Lives”, and “Fountain of Youth” – or if you have read some of our past posts regarding Sunlit Youth then you are well aware that Local Natives have evolved quite a bit since their Gorilla Manor days. As a sort of an expansion upon the sound of their 2013 release, Hummingbird, LN has made synth sounds a much more prominent aspect of their music. The best example of this is the opening track and previously released single, “Villainy”. This song might show a closer resemblance to a group like Empire of the Sun rather than the sound we fell in love with on Local Native’s debut record, but is none the less a powerful synth pop opening to the album and a great indicator of the direction the band is striving towards.

If the sound of “Villainy” is maybe not your cup of tea, fear not for there are plenty of gems to keep you engaged throughout the rest of the album. For instance, possibly one of the best moments of Sunlit Youth is the vocals on the third track, “Dark Days”. Not only are the lyrics engaging and the melody beautiful, but the incorporation of Nina Persson’s voice is a godsend. Singer-songwriter of the Swedish pop group The Cardigans as well as a number of her own solo efforts, Persson’s tender voice lends perfectly to those of the rest of the band. As she takes the second verse solo and then harmonizes flawlessly with the rest of the group, one might think that she was meant to be a Local Native.

Although at this point you might have an idea in your head about what the whole album sounds like, we promise Sunlit Youth will surprise you, and that is what’s so great about it. In the song “Masters” the band flirts with electronica (side note: if Local Natives wrote more of this kind of music, clubs would be way better); we get an almost hip-hop vibe in the song “Jellyfish” featuring Moses Sumney; “Coins” comes out of nowhere with a surprisingly fitting quasi-R&B sound fit with wailing vocals and all; and even a throwback to the classic LN sound with “Ellie Alice”.

In summary, Sunlit Youth is engaging but perhaps not what longtime Local Natives fans would expect. We still hear their signature cryptic yet beautiful lyricism paired with gorgeous harmonies, but now the musical context in which those aspects appear is different. So if you’re willing to give this new evolution a chance, we think you’ll have no problem remaining a die hard Local Natives Fan.

Accepting the Evolution of Local Natives and Their New Album

We are less than two months away from the release of Sunlit Youth, the new album  by California indie rock band Local Natives. The magic day is September 9th and we have already been gifted with a substantial taste of what is to come via three singles. So what should we expect? Well, the reality might not please everyone, because come that day in early September we will be listening to a different Local Natives than we are used to.

From what we can tell so far, there is less evidence of the DIY, almost bedroom rock sound that was present on the Local Natives’ debut, Gorilla Manor, back in 2010The conditions in which the material for their debut was written – namely their chaotic residence in Orange County for which the album is named – helped to create this signature sound. Furthermore, according to guitarist/vocalist Taylor Rice, another contributing factor was their focus on making sure that they could play all of their music live which sometimes meant simplifying down their ideas. However, by their second studio release none of these factors were present.

By the time their sophomore album, Hummingbird, dropped in 2013 the band not only had performance and songwriting experience under their belt – not to mention a growing fan base – but also knowledge of the recording process. This combined with the departure of bassist Andy Hamm in 2011 resulted in the band being more adventurous during their second round in the studio. Based solely on the three singles released over the past two months, we can already see evidence that the new album will be pushing the envelope even more than Hummingbird did.

The band explained that the first single released back in April, “Past Lives“, deals with self reflection:

“The world is not static, it’s made new over and over again. But we tend to live the same patterns in a loop…But our world is not fixed, it’s constantly reemerging, and we can change it into whatever we want.”

They went on to explain how this paralleled their songwriting styles in the past and how they wanted to change as they moved forward as musicians. They later expanded on this when talking about the second single released in early June:

“Lyrically, ‘Villainy is about realizing that you have the ability to change your situation, that you can start again everyday. We applied that to how we made music this time around.”

When listening to “Villainy” you can almost sense the band telling you to give their new vibe a shot as they sing “It takes a moment for your eyes to adjust. Step back into the sun.” By the time their final single, “Fountain of Youth“, released on July 7th the band was truly embracing their new direction: “We can say whatever we want. We can say whatever we need.”

So what should we expect from Sunlit Youth? Well, the reality might not please everyone, because come that day in early September we will be listening to a different Local Natives than we are used to. There might be more synthesizers in the mix. There might be less emphasis on group harmonies and more of a focus on Taylor Rice’s vocals. There might be more conviction and self-analysis in their lyrics. Although this might be an evolved Local Natives, they are still the band we fell in love with six years ago. Besides, it doesn’t really matter what we think – they can say whatever they want, and I think, come September 9th, we should listen.

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. Past Lives – Local Natives

2. Confidence – The Dodos

3. Eyes – Rogue Wave

4. Broadripple is Burning – Margot & The Nuclear So-So’s

5. Japanese Gun – Her Space Holiday

6. Cherry Tulips – Headlights

7. Chariot – Page France

8. Brother – Annuals

9. The River – Anathallo

10. White Daisy Passing – Rocky Votolato

11. Clementine- Sarah Jaffe

12. Two of Us on the Run – Lucius

13. Specks – Matt Pond PA

14. Manchester – Kishi Bashi

15. Chemicals Collide – Cloud Cult

16. With Arms Outstretched – Rilo Kiley

17. Paper Knees – The Careful Ones

18. What The Loney Say – Parlour Steps

19. Gold In The Air – Jesse Wood

20. Eileen – Tin Sparrow

Local Natives announce new album Sunlit Youth and world tour

Local Natives have announced their third album, Sunlit Youth. The follow-up to Hummingbird is set to be out on September 9th thro ugh Loma Vista Recordings/Infectious Music. It will include previously shared “Past Lives” and “Villainy,” which has a new lyric video, which can be seen below, directed by Andrew Droz Palermo. Check out the Sunlit Youth album art above and tracklist, and the band’s newly announced world tour dates below.

In a press release, the band’s Ryan Hahn said of the new record:

A lot of the excitement in making this new album came from discovering how to make songs in different ways. You start thinking, “What do I want to hear?” Forget about what we’ve done and what people expect. This is a song that I would want to hear. Lyrically, “Villainy” is about realising that you have the ability to change your situation, that you can start again everyday. We applied that to how we made music this time around. We wanted all the new songs to have a different energy, to challenge ourselves to do something different each time.

Sunlit Youth:

01 Villainy
02 Past Lives
03 Dark Days
04 Fountain of Youth
05 Masters
06 Jellyfish
07 Coins
08 Mother Emanuel
09 Ellie Alice
10 Psycho Lovers
11 Everything All at Once
12 Sea of Years

Local Natives tour:

07-16 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
07-31 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08-19 Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
08-20 Stockholm, Sweden – Gainesville
08-21 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands
08-22 Winterthur, Switzerland – Musikfestwochen
08-24 Paris, France – La Boule Noire
08-26 Cologne, Germany – c/o pop Festival
08-28 Turin, Italy – Todays Festival
08-29 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Kino Siska Festival
09-02 San Sebastián, Spain – Kutxa Kultur Festival
09-03 Salisbury, England – End of the Road Festival
09-04 Stradbally, Ireland – Electric Picnic Festival
09-14 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theater
09-15 San Diego, CA – The North Park Theatre
09-16 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
09-17 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
09-19 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
09-20 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
09-22 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
09-23 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
09-24 Kansas City, MO – Crossroads KC
09-27 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
09-28 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09-30 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10-02 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10-05 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
10-07 New Orleans, LA – The Civic Theatre
10-09 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10-11 Birmingham, AL – Iron City Birmingham
10-12 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
10-14 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
10-15 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
10-16 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10-17 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10-19 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10-21 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
10-22 Boston, MA – House of Blues – Boston
10-25 New York, NY – Terminal 5
10-26 New York, NY – Terminal 5
11-01 Oxford, England – Academy 1
11-02 London, England – Koko
11-04 Bristol, England – Motion
11-06 Glasgow, Scotland – QMU
11-07 Leeds, England – Stylus
11-08 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
11-10 Paris, France – Le Trianon
11-11 Zürich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
11-12 Brussels, Belgium – Cirque Royale
11-13 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
11-15 Milan, Italy – Magnolia
11-16 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefaehrlich
11-17 Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
11-19 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Media
11-20 Oslo, Norway – Rockfeller
11-21 Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
11-22 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega Main Hall