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Local Natives Unveil Lead Single “April” Off New Album “But I’ll Wait For You”


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Dec 14, 2023
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The boys are back! SoCal darlings Local Natives have shared “April,” the lead single from their forthcoming album But I’ll Wait For You, which arrives rather fittingly this spring. The band has presented the record as a companion piece and the second half of Time Will Wait For No One. In anticipation of its release they previously announced a U.S. tour which includes a date at BeachLife 2024 in May.

True to its title “April” finds Local Natives embracing a revitalizing weightlessness. Guided by their ability to transform the very sunbeams into melodic splendor, the single unfolds as a flurry of buoyant tones. From the riveting grumble of guitars and giddy percussion to their still spellbinding vocal harmonies. No one writes a love song like them — lending every pang of sad yearning and gleaming adoration the richly euphonious fulfillment it deserves.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Local Natives track if it didn’t slyly allude to some L.A. landmark with lofty wonder. “I remember you climbed on my shoulders / Naming the lions on Figueroa,” Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer sing, exchanging lovelorn memories. “You’re on my mind, I won’t let go / Oh, there’s one more episode.”

“April” is completed by a music video directed by Jonathan Chu and filmed downtown at Pershing Square. As the camera pans from a birds-eye view of the streets and nearby rooftops, we are gifted stunning shots of the urban vistas and hues of sunset. The film follows the band as they search earnestly for one of their members — Ryan Hahn — who sits watching the other four as they scour the city. Ending in a hilarious but committed dance routine, the film captures with levity the affection and camaraderie that bond them together.

The band said of the new album: “But I’ll Wait For You is the second half of a large body of music we made together, the first half we shared last year with Time Will Wait For No One. It’s a companion piece. A sister album. Maybe not an answer to a question, but an exhale to an inhale. So little is in our control, but among all this chaos we can choose to be there for each other.”

most anticipated tours of 2024 concerts

Words: Steven Ward

But I’ll Wait For You is out on April 19th via Loma Vista Recordings. See Local Natives on their U.S. tour and at BeachLife 2024 on May 3-5th in Redondo Beach, CA.

Visit Local Natives on their website and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.

Watch the music video for “April” the new single from Local Natives below!

Local Natives Tour

May 4 – Redondo Beach, CA – BeachLife Festival
May 6 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater – Presented by KBAC
May 8 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly
May 9 – Fayetteville, AR – JJ’s Live
May 10 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note – Presented by KBXR
May 11 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom – Presented by WFKP
May 14 – Omaha, NE – The Admiral Theater
May 15 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
May 17 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
May 18 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
May 20 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
May 21 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
May 23 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Aug 23 – Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater*

*w/ Mt Joy

Local Natives album cover

Local Natives
But I’ll Wait For You

Loma Vista Recordings
April 19, 2024

01 Alpharetta
02 Throw It In The Fire
03 Neon Memory
04 Camera Shy
05 As Soon As You Arrive
06 Ending Credits
07 Raincoat
08 April
09 Walk Before You Run
10 But I’ll Wait For You

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