This first band is the west coast Grizzly Bear (not a recognized breed) from right here in sunny LA called, appropriately, Local Natives. They look like LA too. You've got the super hipster, the guy with a mustache, the guy with a full beard, and a guy who you're not sure what team he plays for. Oh, and a John Oates lookalike. Forgot to mention that.
But they make good tunes and sing like birds. And their album, "Gorilla Manner", got an 8+ on Pitchfork and of course they're never wrong. But geographically, topographically, socially, atmospherically—it sounds a lot like LA looks.
This is "Wide Eyes."
And my old faves from Sweden, the Shout Out Louds, snuck out a pretty nifty new one this week called "Work." It sounds like 1982 top 40 radio got back together and decided to lay down a few new cuts. Most of it, anyway.
Except maybe the song "Walls" that sounds like it just busted out of the joint. And, by god, it's gonna get its life straight this time. All one big building verse built around a killer melody and then a massive triple punch of a chorus. Just phenomenal. Give it about :25 to get going.
More to come...