Switchfoot – Native Tongue

by Faith Richardson

Switchfoot, an American alternative rock group from San Diego, California, just dropped their new album, Native Tongue, set for release January 18th, 2019. They originally got their big break with their Christian Rock album, Learning to Breathe, which scored them a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album. Now, they are working on promoting their eleventh album, Native Tongue.
During Christmas break I sat down with a longtime Switchfoot fan and listened to Native Tongue, comparing it to some of their older works. To us it appeared that the artistic sound of the band has transformed, yet still kept the same vibe that made them famous. The first single shares its name with the album and offers a edgy pop feel that gave the song an amazing beat that got stuck in my head for days. The lyrics remind the listener of the way we felt as children, open to love for everyone, and acts as an anthem to primal humanness and unity. They continued this musical style throughout the album, with contemporary flair vis-a-vis Imagine Dragons with “Voices,” co-written by One Republic singer Ryan Tedder, but the band doesn’t forget their history of internal reflection and Christian undertones with “Prodigal Soul” and “Joy Invincible.”

Native Tongue proves that Switchfoot still have much left to give their fans, and the the edgy new contemporary sound is sure to win new fans as well. You can catch the guys on the road this winter touring in support of the album. Check out the dates here. For now, enjoy a taste of the new style with the official video for eponymous track, “Native Tongue.”

Native Tongue Tracks:
1. Let It Happen
2. Native Tongue
3. All I Need
4. Voices
5. Dig New Streams
6. Joy Invincible
7. Prodigal Soul
8. The Hardest Art (Featuring Kaela Sinclair)
9. Wonderful Feeling 
10. Take My Fire
11. The Strength To Let Go
12. Oxygen
13. We’re Gonna Be Alright
14. You’re The One I Want

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