It’s a perfect bit of symmetry, really. Local Natives are a beautiful band that comes from a beautiful place and makes beautiful music.
After putting out two ebullient albums that reflected the scenic, sun-drenched environs of their home, the telegenic Southern California band is touring again behind their third release, the aptly-titled Sunlit Youth.
The album features many of the band’s calling cards, from the immaculate, heartfelt vocals of singers Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer to the lilting melodies that give the band its almost-spiritual aura. Many of the songs feel like secular hymns, preaching to audiences who have loved and lost alike — which is why each joyous celebration is matched by a melancholy, somber composition. Every song on Sunlit Youth is pristine — almost clinically so — but the range of emotions runs the gamut from overwhelming happiness (“Fountain of Youth”) to stifling sadness (“Ellie Allice”).
Local Native albums don’t come out often — Sunlit Youth is just their third release since 2009 — so their live shows are rare and impactful events. The group will perform at the Fox Theater on Saturday night, playing with opener Charlotte Day Wilson. Tickets are still available for the show, which is being presented by Live 105.
Local Natives, Charlotte Day Wilson
The Fox Theater
September 17, 2016