New Local Natives – “Breakers”

Yes, the photo above is painful

This isn’t really my forte, but it’s raining out and sometimes you just need to indulge in some guitar music. Local Natives are pretty much the quintessential Silver Lake band with just enough enough fringy behavior and technical ability to belie their association with the post-Vampire Weekend “afropop” masses. Now I don’t even want to start on the dumbfuckery that is the label afropop so just going to move on. Local Natives aren’t the most innovative band in the world, but what they do, they do really really well. The harmonies are pitch-perfect and they can actually, you know, play guitar pretty decently. “Breakers” is the lead single off of Hummingbird ( outJanuary 29 on Frenchkiss), the group’s follow up to 2009’s excellent Gorilla Manor. If the track is any indication, the album will will see Local Natives expanding into bolder and broader territory. Stream below.

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