Loma Vista Recordings/Caroline - distribuzione Universal - 26 aprile 2019
?annunciano oggi il loro nuovo album?Violet Street
?in uscita il 26 aprile su Loma Vista Recordings/Caroline, distribuzione Universal. Per celebrare l’annuncio, la band condivide il video per il?nuovo attraente singolo?“When Am I Gonna Lose You”?
e il video per il brano?“Cafè Amarillo
”. L’attrice Kate Mara(American Horror Story, House of Cards, The Martian)?
con la sua presenza coinvolgente e malinconica, evoca i film classici girati a Los Angeles comeMulholland Drive
?di David Lynch e?Il Laureato
?di Mike Nichols. Il video è stato girato sulle colline di Hollywood nel febbraio 2019, è diretto da Van Alpert (Post Malone) e vede la presenza di visual ad opera di Public-Library (Drake, Mac Miller, Nike). Le storie dei video per?“When Am I Gonna Lose You”
?e “Cafè Amarillo”, sono connesse fra loro e danno un assaggio del mondo visivo di?Violet Street
Guarda il video per “When Am I Gonna Lose You”?QUI
Guarda il video per “Cafè Amarillo”?QUI
Guarda il video per “Tap Dancer” QUI
La domanda alla base di?Violet Street, che quindi connette “Cafè Amarillo”, “When Am I Gonna Lose You” e gli altri otto brani originali contenuti nell’album, è?“Con tutto il caos nel mondo, dove trovi il tuo rifugio?”
“L’anno scorso mi sono sposato”, afferma Taylor Rice (voce e chitarra).?“Mi sono trovato in una relazione meravigliosa sotto molti punti di vista, ma con il timore che potrebbe finire, andare in pezzi, frantumarsi. Questa canzone mi vede diviso tra sentimenti di ansia e dubbio, e amore e gioia.”
In?Violet Street?la configurazione da studio classico è contrapposta alla produzione moderna e ai visual per creare un album senza tempo. La firma della band con armonie a tre è incrementata da nastri in loop collegati fisicamente e trasformati a mano. Il risultato delle sperimentazioni in studio in compagnia del produttore Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves, The War On Drugs) ha portato la band ad un rinnovamento.
Di base a Los Angeles, il quintetto ha trasformato il proprio sound nel corso di tre full-length album,?Gorilla Manor?(2009),?Hummingbird?(2013) e?Sunlit Youth?(2016). L’ultimo ha ricevuto lodi da The FADER, Consequence of Sound, The Gurdian. Nel mentre la band ha partecipato a innumerevoli date sold out, apparizioni a festival, tra cui Coachella 2017, ed è stata ospite di Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show With James Corden e molti altri.
Tra maggio e giugno la band suonerà negli Stati Uniti. Per maggiori informazioni sul tour, visita:?https://www.thelocalnatives.com/.
I?Local Native?sono: Taylor Rice (voce, chitarra), Kelcey Ayer (voce, tastiere, percussioni, chitarra), Ryan Hahn (chitarra, tastiere, voci), Matt Frazier (batteria), Nik Ewing (voci, basso, tastiere).
2. When Am I Gonna Lose You
3. Café Amarillo
4. Munich II
5. Megaton Mile
6. Someday Now
8. Garden of Elysian
9. Gulf Shores
10. Tap Dancer
Face-to-face songwriting and musical interplay put to? tape: the classic studio setting is juxtaposed on Local? Natives’ fourth full-length, Violet Street [Loma Vista? Recordings] with modern production and visuals to form? a timeless album. The band’s signature soaring 3-part? harmonies are augmented by loops of tape, physically? spliced and transformed by hand, the result of? experimenting in the studio with producer Shawn? Everett [Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves, The War? On Drugs] is a band renewed.? In essence, Local Natives [Taylor Rice (vocals, guitar), Kelcey Ayer? (vocals, keys), Ryan Hahn (vocals, guitar), Matt Frazier (drums), and Nik Ewing (vocals, bass,? keys)] return to the methods of their 2009 debut Gorilla Manor , but with the bonds of their? union forti?ed and with the growth of wisdom accrued in the studio and on stage in front of? millions of worldwide fans.? “The record is about us reconnecting to playing off of each other,” states Taylor. “We didn’t go? into separate corners, produce our own songs, and bring them to the group. Back when we? made Gorilla Manor , we lived together in one house and made a frantically creative? environment. This time, we were in a massive warehouse with Shawn, jamming, and relying on? each other often until three or four in the morning for several nights straight. It was fun, but also? pushed us to outdo each other. We got back to our strengths. We’ve always been super? collaborative and democratic, as we have three songwriters and singers, and all ?ve of us have? a lot of creative input. This was the most collaborative and open we’ve been though. We were? raw and vulnerable. It’s the ?rst time we didn’t do any pre-production, we went in and built the? record out of nothing.”? “Not only was the band at its most collaborative, we’ve never collaborated alongside a producer? so closely,” adds Kelcey. “Shawn became like an unof?cial sixth member. It was amazing to go? that deep with him.” Everett did what the best producers are supposed to, getting the best? dynamics out of a group of musicians who have been together a long time. “Taylor, Ryan and I? worked together on the songwriting and lyrics, but Nik and Matt also contributed so much to
this record,” Kelcey says. “Nik has beautiful lines and textures all over the album, and Matt’s? drumming has never been better.”? In many ways, all paths converged upon Violet Street . Prior, the group progressed their sound? over the course of three full-lengths, the aforementioned Gorilla Manor , Hummingbird ,? and, most recently, Sunlit Youth . The latter received praise from The FADER ,? Consequence of Sound , The Guardian , and more as “Dark Days” exceeded 45 million Spotify? streams followed by “Coins” with 23 million Spotify streams . In between countless sold out? shows and festival appearances – including a standout Coachella 2017 set – they’ve graced the? stages of Austin City Limits , The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show With? James Corden , and more. And they tested new sonic waters, recording a cover of Kanye West’s? “Ultralight Beam,” which Complex called “beautiful.”? After the tour cycle concluded in support of Sunlit Youth , the musicians decided to go back to? square one in 2018. Rather than separately write, track, and contribute parts via email, they? congregated in person at Shawn’s studio and warehouse, rekindling their chemistry and? nodding to a tried-and-true tactic employed at the start of their career.? “Writing and touring Sunlit Youth was pretty tumultuous for a lot of reasons,” admits Ryan. “We? needed to come home and ?gure out how we relate to each other again. We talked about our? relationships very candidly. Making new music together was a reset and a way to feel? grounded in all the chaos around us.? That brings us to the album’s key question of “What? keeps us grounded?” It comes to life in the swooning? delivery, shimmering keys, and airy strumming of? “Café Amarillo,” which speaks directly to the central? theme of Violet Street . “With all of the chaos in the? world, where do you ?nd your shelter?” asks Kelcey.? “For me, it’s the shelter I share with my wife when? we’re together. It’s our love.”? “Lyrically, the one thread between all ten tracks is? shelter,” Taylor elaborates. “Of course, we have? relationships with our signi?cant others, but we also? ?nd shelter in community, friendships, and the band.? They are at the heart of Violet Street .”? Sonically, shelter assumes many different forms. Powered by a healthy helping of slide guitar? courtesy of Ryan, “Someday Now” channels the energy of “a haunted Hawaiian ?lm noir party . ”? Then, there’s “Shy,” which swings from “swampy jungle” drums into a danceable groove? punctuated by a “wild Tusk -inspired horn section like a Marching band freaking out . ”?? Three-part harmonies take ?ight on “Garden of Elysian,” while the ?nale “Tap Dancer”? culminates on resounding piano waltzing towards a heavenly and hypnotic send-off? punctuated by otherworldly voice transmissions. Lyrically, “It’s about tapping into those pure?feelings and emotions, before the noise of the world distracts you , ” says Ryan. “You’re getting? back to a simpler place and having perspective and childlike joy . ”? With Shawn as the “total genius mad scientist” at the helm, the musicians pushed themselves? to re?ne their vision like never before. Widening the sonic palette, they played a series of avant? garde and classic ?lms in the background to draw inspiration, choosing ranging from Kurosawa? samurai ?lms, Drive, and Citizen Kane to Endless Summer and the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky.? As a result, “it elevated the songwriting , ” according to Kelcey. Ryan laughs, “We took some? pages from the Brian Eno playbook”
The music evokes an expansive scope introduced by the lush guitars, iridescent harmonies, and? paranoiac pop vocals of the single “When Am I Gonna Lose You.”
“I got married last year, and ‘When Am I Gonna Lose? You’ is the zig zagging, arduous journey for me to get? there,” says Taylor. “I found myself in an amazing? relationship, but I always felt like it was going to go? away, fall apart, and crumble. A never-ending looping? feeling in the back of my head that things can’t last,? and the ?nal leap it takes to get past that. It’s set in? Big Sur on the coast, which was an important part of? our story. I’m diving into murky emotions of anxiety? and doubt in the middle of love and joy.”
Named after the Downtown address where Shawn operates his studio, the album encapsulates? the spirit of the city in all of its widescreen splendor for the quintet.“Los Angeles is an important? character in the music,” explains Kelcey. “ Violet Street embodied the space where we were able? to make the songs and harness energy. Musically, we were both looking forward and? experimenting, but leaning on time honored techniques as well. Similarly, the LA is growing and? expanding culturally right now, but remains classic. Everything came to life in this place. All of? our emotions and ideas were represented by Violet Street .
(c) Drew Escriva
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