Local Natives – “Villainy”

A few days ago, Local Natives announced that Sunlit Youth, the follow up to 2013’s excellent album Hummingbird, would be released September 9th, this news following the April release of the outstanding track “Past Lives,” which provided a slight peek into their creative minds and how it has changed over the past few years, staying true to their bright indie sound while also toying with a few newer techniques. “Villainy” immediately sounds like an inspired, harmonious mixture of everything – crisp, swelling synth, pounding drums, and of course, the mellifluous, dulcet harmonies of Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer, which at this point, must be considered Local Natives’ signature. Teetering on the border of conviction and uncertainty, “Villainy” sounds absolutely euphoric – a perfect blend of remembering the past and the desire to embrace the future.

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photo by Renata Raksha
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