Introducing: Native Birds

Native BirdsLondon quartet Native Birds have been described by their manager as "Bloc Party sung by Bill Murray". Really, it's more like if Kele from Bloc Party decided to go chill-wave, and really nailed it.

The band have only released a few records to date, but last month's single "Five Lanes Of Traffic" is what peace sounds like. It's brilliantly lazy, laid-back indie pop. "I would run through five lanes of traffic just to get to your room," claims singer Dexter Bush, leisurely, among exotic, surf-y guitars. If anyone's experiencing withdraw symptoms since Bloc Party disbanded (again), I urge you to listen to Native Birds; not only does Bush naturally sound like Okereke's vocal double, the songs are so comfortingly chilled and optimistic, it's impossible not to find yourself in a happy daze when you're listening to them.

"I Drink Therefore I Am" sounds like and shows off all the vocal talent of Kele too, as well as drawing comparison to Yannis from Foals. The quiet, lo-fi guitars showcase the band well, but as the song builds up and slows down, it also stirs something sentimental inside. The influence of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr is obvious, but Native Birds also list Tears For Fears as a senior, which is bizarrely accurate.

The band recently did a sort-of London resisdency for Crouch-End Record Club and you can now catch them live on the 11th at Brighton's Student Union Party, and the 19th in Surya, in King's Cross. They're sure to announce more dates soon, so watch out.

You can listen to latest single "Five Lanes Of Traffic" below, and find out more here.


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