Local Natives has been disappointing since their very good 2010 debut, Gorilla Manor. There was an unpredictability in that album that I loved. Singles like “Airplanes” bounced along on rhythmic piano chords and employed surprising percussion sections at the same time. It was really good.
Sunlit Youth, out today on Loma Vista (their first two albums were released by Frenchkiss), is good. The production is more dense; synthesizers and percussion tracks are ramped up a touch, but they don’t weigh the album down. Vocally, it’s still really interesting.