Local Natives have a new record out today called Sunlit Youth, and in crafting the album, the Los Angeles indie rock band took a new approach to songwriting. “A lot of the excitement in making this new album came from discovering how to make songs in different ways,” says guitarist Ryan Harn, via the NME. “You start thinking ‘What do I want to hear?’ Forget about what we’ve done and what people expect.”
Interestingly, Local Natives have aligned the new album’s release this week with a stirring cover of Beyoncé’s “All Night”, off her 2016 album epic Lemonade. And nevermind what people might expect: the cover, done live in the SiriusXM studios, is a fairly faithful rendition.
Meanwhile, Sunlit Youth can be heard via the band’s tumblr, and reports suggest it’s designed to complete a trilogy of LPs that began with 2010’s Gorilla Manor and continued on 2013’s Hummingbird.
Local Natives also play the House of Blues in Boston on October 22.