hummingbirdLocal Natives – Hummingbird
(French Kiss)
Words: Jordan Catalana

There is a reason these Angeleno indie darlings are scheduled to play at every major musical festival this summer. Coachella, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, SXSW—Local Natives will be there, and you better believe that you’ll be swaying to songs off their sophomore effort, Hummingbird.

Each track on the album marries equal parts meticulous songwriting and spontaneous jamming. The result is a stellar compilation of stand-alone songs. Produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, it’s no surprise that this album is a bit more rhythmic and weighted than 2010’s Gorilla Manor, but the sound doesn’t feel at all derivative.

While opener “You & I” and “Ceilings” are the two I starred on my Spotify account, “Colombia” is Hummingbird’s real climax. The track perfectly embodies the orchestral and fluid emptiness that makes Local Natives exactly who they are. One listen through is enough for Kelcey Ayer’s “Am I giving enough? Am I loving enough?” to lodge itself in your brain and rattle around for hours afterwards.

Local Natives may not have been here for long, but Hummingbird confirms that this buzz band boasts an aesthetic and shtick unique enough to stay a long while. Go listen now.


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