Always Strong, Local Natives.

Always Strong, Local Natives.

The ever intensifying camaraderie in which Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer these days share is something we’ve remarked on repeatedly having witnessed Local Natives’ jubilant Glastonbury showing late last month, and as the Los Angelinos here revisit one of umpteen highfliers from their January LP Hummingbird in the soaring form of You & I, they only enhance such a stance. The notion of a band returning to further suckle one of their own sonic offspring, not least when it’s one as skyscraping as the song aforesaid, is always a mentally problematic one, I find: what if it were to sabotage the supposed adoration reserved for the original? Or were it superior, why was it not included on the finalised edit in the first place? In this instance, however, the mind may rest at ease as Rice and Ayer take You & I off in a wondrously tangential direction with Matt Frazier’s tom thuddery superseded by wompy beats the like of which Local Natives have yet to adopt as their own, with Kelcey’s dulcet vocal finding an equal match not in his compadre’s bristly croon but instead in delicate flecks of arpeggio and dextrously looped, processed vocal harmonies. Yet more consummate synergy from one of California’s most luminous band of brothers from various other mothers then, it’s one to marry into posthaste…

Local Natives play Rough Trade East tomorrow lunchtime, before darting into Latitude’s native Suffolk come Sunday.

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