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Southern California indie darlings Local Natives deviate here from the comparatively unrestrained attack of their 2010 debut, Gorilla Manor. With help from co-songwriter and producer Aaron Dessner (who also plays guitar in The National), the primal rhythms and '80s post-punk angularity of their preceding recordings are noticeably absent. “You & I” sets an exhilarating mood with wispy washes of guitar reverb, emotional piano parts, and pillowy bass thrums (which resonate in contrast to the pointedly plucked strings of their former bassist Andy Hamm, who left in 2011). “Heavy Feet” follows, with more intricate drum patterns and handclaps playing under dramatic keyboard lines and soaring vocals that have more in common with Grizzly Bear and Beach House. The handsome single “Ceilings” gets feathered out with a sonic shimmer that well displays Kelcey Ayer’s vocal versatility. Here he effortlessly segues from throaty croons to gossamer falsettos, à la Jeff Buckley. “Breakers” is another standout that’s washed in the warm oceanic swells of West Coast tones and harmonies. Hummingbird's deluxe version has three arresting bonus songs.

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They’re the real deal and they’re just beginning to hit their stride. I saw them at Forecastle Music Festival this past weekend and went home that night and played the album. A nice mix of rock, luscious harmonies and ethereal atmosphere. You may be the first of your friends to buy this album but I guarantee you won’t be the last.


Like some people have mentioned....I was worried that the second album might not compare to the first. I actually pre-ordered it and am just now sitting down to listen having put it off due to apprehension. Well, I am so stoked to write that the jams are amazing, I love how the percussion has opened up on this album! I'm enjoying all the songs, I guess I'm the type that enjoys the less commercial stuff, Black Balloons is just so thoughtful and moving both emotionally and it will get your body moving too. The Bowery is pure and soulful. This will be in the changer in the car for months!

A superb sophomore album.

It's always a cause for anxiety when a band's second album comes out - the pressure to live up to the first one, whether it will be as good or yet better than their premiere. But I was so pleasantly surprised to listen to Hummingbird and see that my fears were abated. Local Natives display their melodiousness and talent at composition while still being able to display their variety of skill, and win you over with their picturesque lyricism.


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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