I have stated many times that listening to a brand new track that hits you straight away is an awesome feeling, but hearing a track from a band you like is another feeling altogether.
At first you feel anxious cause you’re scared that the tune will be bad and all your high expectations will be lowered, but then it turns out that things are just fine.
When Local Natives burst upon the scene with their stellar debut, Gorilla Manor, in November 2009, I was amazed at how good it was. It was like every track was some aural treasure. Having exhausted it, I was waiting eagerly for the follow up.
Now the moment has arrived.
Breakers is not exactly a change in direction. Whereas Gorilla Manor was a taster (I just found it difficult to write that), Breakers is a fuller track. It sounds extremely confident and even brash at times. It’s a track that whooshes with ooohhhs and uplifting guitars. But there are tender moments. In other words Local Natives have grown in the process and are flaunting off their adulthood with pride and vigor.