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Album Review

Although recorded in late 2008, Gorilla Manor wasn’t released until 14 months later, allowing Local Natives the chance to build a strong blog buzz before their debut hit American shores. The delay wasn’t entirely beneficial, however, as Gorilla Manor sounds quite similar to a number of albums that flourished in the interim. Local Natives’ sunny harmonies call to mind Fleet Foxes’ debut and Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest, while the band’s polyphonic hand percussion — which, at its most frenzied, is almost tribal sounding — evokes memories of Yeasayer’s All Hour Cymbals. For all its familiarity, though, Local Natives’ first album is still an enjoyable piece of work, filled with enough pop melodies and multi-cultural quirks to make the year-long holdup fairly worthwhile. The band pitches itself somewhere between the post-punk camp and Afro-beat village, with the musicians often yelping their verses in multi-part harmony before barreling into Technicolor choruses. Matt Frazier’s percussion is sharp, crisp, and always in the foreground, often assuming as much importance as the vocals themselves, while the album’s production — courtesy of the bandmates themselves, along with fellow Silver Lake resident Raymond Richards — stretches a layer of pan-ethnic atmosphere over all 12 tracks, a move that bridges any gaps in the young group's songwriting. Local Natives may have arrived several months late for their own party, but Gorilla Manor is a refreshing example of good quality trumping bad timing.

Customer Reviews

Even my girlfriend likes it

You know just occasionally you find an album that is a pleasant surprise it just stays with you and it seems to be on all the time? Well, this is Local Natives. They sound so much like a load of other stuff that you can't put you're finger on but all I can say is if you like your proper songs with harmony, guitars and hooks then its yours. It can go next to Fleet Foxes or Vampire w/e but to limit it to those is not doing it justice. Even my girlfriend likes it.

Local Natives!

I have been waiting for this album for what seems like forever, and I am not disappointed at all. In fact, I'm elated!
Local Natives have presented themselves as a really accessible band making fantastic original music. There seems to be a magic quality which I can't quite touch on.
Basically, buy this album! It is a very strong debut, with several songs that particularly stand out, such as airplanes, world news and stranger things, but I love them all!
They are also really good live!

Heard it on Australian Radio on Holiday

While on holiday in Australia I was listening to JJJ Radio and heard this album as the featured album of the week, so glad Australian radio is better than our UK conterparts, Love the rich vocal melodies and almost hypnotic drumbeats, struck me to sit in a similar vein of people such as Yeasayer but less electronic, reminds me of some of the psychadelic bands of the 60's and 70's but still very modern sounding. Check them out, was very glad I did Keep it smiley Upbeat Adrenaline Fueled Acoustic Mayhem


Formed: 2008 in Silver Lake, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2008, Local Natives craft their dramatic and eclectic brand of indie rock from their home base in Los Angeles, California. Meeting in their Orange County high school, guitarists Ryan Hahn and Taylor Rice and keyboardist Kelcey Ayer (all of whom handle vocal duties) recruited drummer Matt Frazier and bassist Andy Hamm and moved to Silver Lake, where they began to forge their highly collaborative sound. Utilizing lots of vocal harmonies and drifting, dreamlike melodies, Local Natives have...
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