Listen to a new song by Local Natives, “Fountain Of Youth,” RSVP to see them at Free At Noon

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Local Natives | Photo by Renata Raksha
Local Natives | Photo by Renata Raksha

Local Natives have shared another new song from the forthcoming album, Sunlit Youth, due out on September 9th.

The band’s first new collection of studio recordings since 2013’s Hummingbird, the song “Fountain Of Youth,” is a shimmering anthem, and follows two other songs they’ve released from the album, “Past Lives” and “Villainy.”

About the song for NPR Music’s Songs We Love, World Cafe host David Dye writes:

Expanding, questioning, digging, changing every tactic: These are all elements of the creative process that’s led to the uplifting music on Local Natives’ new album Sunlit Youth.

Musically, “Fountain Of Youth” isn’t an entirely new sound for Local Natives; while the band’s moved away from indie-rock guitars, its impassioned vocals and expansive harmonies are intact. But lyrically, this is an anthemic song that seems to address reinvention: “I think we’d better listen to these kids / We can’t keep pretending we know what we’re doin’.” To the band, those words speak to losing old ways of working and surrendering to new ones. They also perfectly capture the zeitgeist of 2016 and the embracing of change this year demands. It doesn’t take a great leap of imagination to hear festival crowds singing along with the grand chorus: “We can do whatever we want!”

Taylor Rice from the band, had this to say about the song:

“In a time of cynicism dressed as realism, when it feels like the world might be falling apart around us, I believe there is reason to be hopeful, optimistic, and idealistic. Socially, Politically, and personally I’ve felt many defeats, but come back to the realization that this is our world to make. Consider the many victories, small and large that have been going on around us these last couple of years. There’s a lot left to do, but we should feel hopeful that we are the ones who can do it, and we can do whatever we want.”

Below, listen to “Fountain Of Youth.”

Local Natives play WXPN’s Free At Noon on Friday, July 15th. You can RSVP here. You can see the live at the Electric Factory when WXPN Welcomes them on October 19th.

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