LISTEN: Local Natives Release New Single Following Surprise Appearance at Popscene

No word yet on whether a new record is to follow.

After staying quiet for the past few years, Local Natives have suddenly reasserted themselves into the scene. On Thursday night, the LA group played a surprise pop-up show as part of San Francisco’s Popscene, where they debuted a new song called “Past Lives.” You can check it out below.

It’s the first new track from Local Natives since they released 2013’s Hummingbird, and while it seems to suggest that the group are continuing to grow into the mature pop template they set for themselves on that record, it also finds them revisiting the heavy percussion and jagged guitars of their debut, 2010’s Gorilla Manor. It’s a canny choice, reclaiming their initial spark without selling out their artistic progression. And anyway, that idea—of borrowing from and reanimating the past—seems to have been on the group’s mind.

“The world is not static, it’s made new over and over again,” singer Taylor Rice says in a statement. “But we tend to live the same patterns in a loop, loving the same way, wrestling the same demons, the same dynamics playing out around us again and again. Untangling every moment and decision that led us to where we are now can make fate feel concrete, inescapable. But our would is not fixed, it’s constantly reemerging, and we can change it into whatever we want.”

You can give “Past Lives” a listen below.

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