Natives have always sought out unusual sounds, elements that differ from the norm.
So when the band began diving into West African culture, they quickly became entirely absorbed.
Crate-digging and rehearsing, Natives set about re-drafting their music, analysing these influences and allowing them to penetrate their music.
'Passion' is the first sign of where their heads are at, the first new cut to be taken from their upcoming album. The complex, interweaving rhythms are led by a neat melody, one that masks the depths of the songwriting.
Guitarist Jack Fairbrother explains: "'Passion' was the first song we wrote for this album, although it lived in an almost-finished state for over two years! The main synth line and vocal melodies have remained the same, but in the later recording sessions we pushed the track towards a more 'live band’ feel by dialling back some of the electronics and adding more live percussion tracks and the guitalele."
"The song tells a specific part of our overall album narrative, but the general theme is about the nervous feeling you get when faced with sharing things close to your heart. It's about wanting to know that someone will care about something as much as you do."
Check it out now.
Catch Natives at the following shows:
17 Norwich Waterfront Studio
18 Leeds Key Club
19 Newcastle Think Tank
20 Glasgow Cathouse
22 Manchester Sound Control
23 Nottingham Bodega
24 Birmingham Mama Roux's
25 Kingston Fighting Cocks
26 Bath Moles
28 Southampton Joiners
29 London Borderline