Photo by Drew Escriva

Local Natives have finally announced their return in the form of two new songs: “When Am I Gonna Lose You” and “Café Amarillo.” The two new songs also dropped with their own music videos. The lush and shimmering “Lose You” features a melancholic Kate Mara wandering through a dizzying array of decades-old L.A. retro environs located in the Hollywood Hills. “Café Amarillo” plays it a bit more quaint compared to the glitz and glam of the other single, a smooth slow-burner highlighted by Taylor Rice’s always gleaming vocals and the band’s quintessential glowing guitar work. It’s also a proper reintroduction, with the video giving nothing but intimate shots of the band as the play across a variety of landscapes.

Both songs indicate a bit of a return to form after the synth-pop grooves of their last album, but it also sees Local Natives slightly more assured of their own sonic makeup. “Lose You” courses with an electric emotionality that teeters on a surge of stripped-down percussion patters and the cutting croons of Rice’s assured questionings; while “Café” bubbles passionately, swooning measuredly beneath the band’s ever rich lyricism. It’s uncertainty and newfound conviction all wrestling around in their throats and hands and tottering instrumentals; and their music is all the better for it.

“I got married last year,” Rice said of the inspirations behind the album. “I found myself in an incredible relationship that was great on so many levels, but I always felt like it was going to go away, fall apart, and crumble. This song is me diving into murky emotions of anxiety and doubt in the middle of love and joy.”

Watch the music videos for Local Natives’ two new singles below!

Local Natives will be going on tour this spring with a stop at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on June 22. Their new album Violet Street is out April 26 via Loma Vista Recordings. Visit their website and Facebook to stay updated on future releases and tour announcements.


5/15 – VANCOUVER, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

5/16 – SEATTLE, WA @ Neptune Theater

5/17 – SEATTLE, WA @ Neptune Theater

5/18 – PORTLAND, OR @ Roseland Theater

5/21 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN @ First Avenue

5/23 – CHICAGO, IL @ Thalia Hall

5/24 – CHICAGO, IL @ Thalia Hall

5/25 – DETROIT, MI @ Majestic Theater

5/27 – TORONTO, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater

5/28 – MONTREAL, QC @ The Rialto Theater

5/30 – BOSTON, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

5/31 – BOSTON, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

6/1 – PITTSBURGH, PA @ Stage AE

6/3 – WASHINGTON, DC @ 9:30 Club

6/4 – WASHINGTON, DC @ 9:30 Club

6/6 – BROOKLYN, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

6/7 – BROOKLYN, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

6/8 – PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Union Transfer

6/10 – RALEIGH, NC @ The Ritz

6/11 – ATLANTA, GA @ Buckhead Theater

6/13 – SAN ANTONIO, TX @ The Aztec Theater

6/14 – DALLAS, TX @ House of Blues

6/15 – AUSTIN, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

6/17 – DENVER, CO @ Ogden Theater

6/19 – SAN DIEGO, CA @ North Park Theatre

6/20 – SANTA ANA, CA @ The Observatory

6/21 – OAKLAND, CA @ Fox Theatre

6/22 – LOS ANGELES, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

6/28 – ATHENS, GR @ Summer Nostos Festival