We’ve all been complaining about the lackluster line-up at this year’s Austin City Limits festival, but one band that is still wowing audiences with their impressive record debut, is the Los Angeles’ band Local Natives. Hopefully if you’re at ACL today, you will check out Local Natives at 4:45PM on the Austin Ventures Stage. Not only will their freshman album, Gorilla Manor, knock your socks off but their live performances are just as capitivating.
It is difficult to describe Local Natives’ music. It would be just as easy to say, “Oh, it sounds like dreamy rock music”, but it’s so much more than that. Every single song instantly takes you to someplace in your head. Someplace you’re nostalgic for. Someplace long ago. Every song paints an etheral landscape that you just can’t wait to travel down. It would be fair to say that they are an inspiring band, one that reminds you of the wonderful talent that exists in the world. I have no doubt that they won’t become one of the biggest bands next year (but I’m secretly hoping they won’t).
Below are my favorite songs off of Gorilla Manor. The music video below, “Airplanes”, is the “single” off of the album. The lead singer, Kelcey Ayer, wrote this song about his grandfather whom he never met. The chorus of “I want you back” relates to the listener who has ever lost anyone and is longing to see them once again.
“Wide Eyes”- Local Natives
“Shapeshifter”- Local Natives
What do you think of Local Natives?