You might already know about Local Natives. They played SXSW last year in support of their debut album, Gorilla Manor. They’ve had a bit of buzz surrounding them since then, but I’ve yet to see a whole lot about them.
In any case, I really like these California boys. I’d probably describe them as a sort of Fleet Foxes meets Arcade Fire. . . in Africa. They’re a very percussion-heavy band, and it’s led to a sometimes dance-y sound.
But it’s not all about the beats. Haunting 3-part harmonies abound, and with songs about grandparents (Airplanes), you know there’s more to this group than just a frantic beat. I really love this album, from start to finish. I’m still uncovering things about it that I like, months later.
Check out their video for “Airplanes:”
And “World News,” which was directed by my college buddy, Matthew Lessner (He has nothing to do with my selecting them, though. I just found out about it while putting together this post. He was amused):
So, what do you think? Let me know! If you don’t already have it, pick up Gorilla Manor on iTunes now!