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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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Sophomores who act like Seniors

I recall the first time I heard Gorilla Manor, my friend brought it up to a guys weekend, and Wide Eyes came on, and I was hammered drunk, and it literally sobered me. I immediately went into search mode, who the hell just turned this on, and who is this band?!? When I finally made my discovery, it started a long love affair with the music of the Local Natives, one in which still lasts today. I was listening to some Gorilla Manor jams just earlier today. I came home tonight and turned on Hummingbird for the first time, as it is streaming right now, and I am literally in shear awe of what is going on through my headphones. I was worried that there might be a bit of a sophomore slump, something where I might not like this album as much as the first, which would be fine, but still somewhat disappointing. This absolutely, for me, solidifies Local Natives as one of the purest talents of all time. I haven't been able to turn it off, and I am trying to keep my eyes open so I can keep listening. Trouble is I have to go back to work tomorrow. If you have 44 minutes, no forget that, if you have any time at all and any sense.. LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM!

This is music people

Local Natives are the kind of band that makes digging through most of the garbage out there to find something genuine worthwhile. This album shows a bit of a change in sound for them (not surprising since the departure of Andy Hamm, former bassist), but not a complete change in the awesome style that's cemented them as one of my favorite artists of the past two years. Do yourself a favor and pick this up, and their first record too if you haven't already.

Like none other

Local Natives are that kind of band that you are like, "OMG the new Local Natives album is coming out soon!" And your friends are like, "….what?" and you're just like, "You don't understand." It's true though, Local Natives is that band that is so good, only you know about them. It's that kind of band. It's that band that only you share a connection with. The band that you listen to by yourself. That band that you go to their show alone for… and you still rock out. Local Natives gave me a chance to connect with some really awesome music, they are my outlet, and that is why they are amazing. They make you wait two years for a new album because they truly work so hard on it… I want to thank you, Local Natives, for some really awesome and inspiring music.


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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