Local Natives had kind of fallen off my radar since their 2013 album Hummingbird. “Past Lives” is their first new song since then and it’s nice to have them back in the mix. Guitarist/vocalist Taylor Rice the following to say about the song in a press release – “The world is not static, it’s made new over and over again. But we tend to live the same patterns in a loop, loving the same way, wrestling the same demons, the same dynamics playing out around us again and again. Untangling every moment and decision that led us to where we are now can make fate feel concrete, inescapable. But our world is not fixed, it’s constantly reemerging, and we can change it into whatever we want.”
Too bad this song wasn’t released in the early 80s, it’s sound is perfect for the Stranger Things Season 2 soundtrack.
Frøkedal is Anne Lise Frøkedal’s solo debut (in the past she’s collaborated with Robyn Hitchcock and Sufjan Stevens and fronted Norway’s Harrys Gym before they split in 2013). “The Sign” is a percussion driven track accompanied by some flawless vocals and heavenly harmonies. According to Frøkedal, “Olaf Olsen, who plays the drums, lives in a cozy old house outside of Oslo. I remember going out to him on a beautiful summer’s day and recorded us playing this song, me on an acoustic guitar while he was all over the drumkit. It was so much fun – and that recording remained the core of the track.”