Local Natives – But I’ll Wait For You

There’s long been a glow to Los Angeles’ indie-stars Local Natives, but it’s also long been leavened with sadness....
Local Natives : But I'll Wait For You
7.9 Loma Vista/Concord
2024 
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Local Natives : But I'll Wait For You

There’s long been a glow to Los Angeles’ indie-stars Local Natives, but it’s also long been leavened with sadness. While the sun may shine in Lalaland, there’s also a deep well of sorrow beneath. It’s been explored many, many times by Hollywood, but far less in music. It takes Silver Lake’s own Local Natives to showcase it with But I’ll Wait For You.

Billed as a “companion piece” to 2022’s Time Will Wait For No One (QRO review) – even seemingly in the adjoining album titles – But continues that record’s ‘after the party’s over’ nature, channeled through Local Natives’ winsome beauty on songs such as “Camera Shy” and the evening ride “Ending Credits” (with the great, scene-setting line, “Nobody riding shotgun”). There are some smoother pieces near the start with “Throw It In the Fire” and “Neon Memory”, but acceptance is found by the closing title track.

Right after the release of But I’ll Wait For You, Local Natives co-founder Kelcey Ayer announced his amicable departure from the band (but still sticking around to tour this record), and perhaps that slow leaving informed this record. Parting is such sweet sorrow, like Local Natives.

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