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♫ Local Natives – Sun Hands

These dudes from L.A. just won’t stop impressing me. Looking back on it now I am kicking myself for turning down an invitation to see them play back in August. Somehow I just didn’t “get” the early tracks “Airplanes” and “World News” (of which the former has turned into one of my favorites). Eventually I heard “Camera Talk.” Then I heard “Sun Hands.” Then I started seeing all their fantastic artwork (Their MySpace is a good start). And then the other day I finally got their album, Gorilla Manor. It’s as if they knowingly named the opening track “Wide Eyes” as a prediction of my reaction. Gorilla Manor is full of those pleasant surprises but none so striking as in the middle of “Sun Hands” when everything goes off the rails in the best way possible. Local natives are growing on me exponentially with each listen but it’s that unexpected eclecticism that I worry will keep away listeners who prefer to neatly label their music. A lot of people (myself included) often need an album to have that one standout track to hook you in and to mutually appreciate when it comes on in a bar/club. The frustrating beauty of Gorilla Manor is that every track on the album can be that track and sometimes they even sound like they were made by different bands. How can Local Natives nail it so hard in so many different ways? My recent favorite is the lush “Who Knows Who Cares,” what is yours? I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a big range of answers.

♫ Local Natives – Who Knows Who Cares

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3 replies
  1. jonathan_uk
    jonathan_uk says:

    Airplanes or Sun Hands are my favourites but I've not given the album a proper listen yet, maybe I should do that right now.

    Also… your Who Knows Who Cares mp3 doesn't seem to be working at the moment…

  2. Brandon @ TBE
    Brandon @ TBE says:

    Don't stop at just one proper listen. And give it some headphone time too. It's worth it.

    Weird about that mp3. It's working on my end. Hopefully it is just a glitch…

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