Local Natives – Hummingbird (2013) [FLAC 24 bit, 44,1 kHz]

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Artist: Local Natives
Album: Hummingbird
Genre: Alternative
Release Date: 2013
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 44,1 kHz
Duration: 44:05
Total Tracks: 11
Total Size: 491 MB


1-01. Local Natives – You & I (04:21)
1-02. Local Natives – Heavy Feet (04:06)
1-03. Local Natives – Ceilings (02:56)
1-04. Local Natives – Black Spot (04:41)
1-05. Local Natives – Breakers (04:09)
1-06. Local Natives – Three Months (04:30)
1-07. Local Natives – Black Balloons (03:07)
1-08. Local Natives – Wooly Mammoth (03:26)
1-09. Local Natives – Mt. Washington (03:18)
1-10. Local Natives – Colombia (04:50)
1-11. Local Natives – Bowery (04:36)


Hummingbird, the second album from Los Angeles band Local Natives, was created from the emotional framework of being stretched between two opposite poles. In the two years since the group’s debut release, the Natives members saw the highest highs and the lowest lows they had ever experienced together. While their wildest musical dreams were coming to fruition, personal relationships faltered or fell apart and a close family member suddenly died. As such, the songs on Hummingbird embody a similar dichotomy: fragile and powerful, opulent and spare, tense and poised. Aaron Dessner of The National co-produced the session at his home studio in Brooklyn, the first time the band had ever recorded outside its native California.Local Natives’ sophomore effort, 2013’s Hummingbird, is a more atmospheric and introspective collection of songs in contrast to the band’s effusive 2009 breakthrough debut Gorilla Manor. Perhaps it has something to do with the parting of bassist Andy Hamm, who left the band in 2011. More likely, it is the influence of producer and the National guitarist Aaron Dessner, who also co-wrote some of the songs on Hummingbird. Whatever the reason, gone is the tribal, post-punk influence of their first album’s popular songs like “Sun Hands” and “Camera Talk,” replaced here by the lyrical, dreamy, and long-form majesty of cuts like the piano-driven “Breakers,” and the sparkling, late-afternooon melancholy of “Ceilings.” Which isn’t to say the band sounds completely different, or that these songs are any less infectious. On the contrary, Local Natives still showcase a knack for frenetic, percussive segments and layered vocal harmonies that feature lead singer Taylor Rice’s evocative croon. There is just a hint of a break-up or unrequited love threaded through the lyrics on Hummingbird that rubs against some of the sweeter melodies here and gives the album a shadowy vibe. On “Ceilings,” Rice opines, “Hold the Summer in your hands, ’till the Summer turns to sand. We were staring at our ceilings thinking of what we’d give to have one more day of sun.” Similarly, tracks like the yearning “Black Balloons” and the angular “Wooly Mammoth” are ruminative, poignant, and moody epics that, while more progressive in feel, still bring to mind Gorilla Manor standouts like “Wide Eyes.” Elsewhere, songs like “Breakers,” and “Mt. Washington” seem to take aesthetic cues from such varied sources as the Beach Boys and Echo and the Bunnymen, proving that the band has no shortage of inspirational material to draw on, hopefully for many albums to come. ~ Matt Collar

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