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Friday, September 17, 2021

CD review: Local Natives

Artist: Local Natives

Album: Gorilla Manor

Record Label: Frenchkiss

Rating: 4

After playing a series of nine shows at the 2009 SXSW Festival, Los Angeles-based Local Natives soon gathered a flurry of positive reviews, briefly toured in England with the help of NME and landed themselves on the endearing indie label Frenchkiss Records (The Dodos, Antlers, Passion Pit) in late November. The alternative rock quintet, previously known as Cavil at Rest, released their debut LP Gorilla Manor earlier that month on UK’s Infectious Records and look forward to the official US release of Gorilla Manor in mid-February.

Local Natives blended together a variety of genres to bring together Gorilla Manors. Each track complements the next in a cohesive manner, making for a solid listen-through. Local Natives intersects a pleasant swirl of upbeat alternative rock with afro-folk pop for an enjoyable listen.

Give these tracks a listen: “Airplanes,” “Who Knows Who Cares”

For fans of: Bishop Allen, Princeton, Fleet Foxes

– Simone Wahng

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