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I have to thank a Brit called "The Wolf" for writing the following review of Gorilla Manor and Local Natives; The Wolf said it better than I could:
"Glorious Gorillas in Our Midst
Abso-blinkin-lutely loving this every-which-way. You're going to love it too. Promise.
As incandescent a bunch of songs as I've heard this year and there are a whole healthy dozen of them to be getting on with.
Local Natives hail from Silverlake, California, U.S.A.
They are Taylor Rice (guitar/vocals), Kelcey Ayer (keyboards/vocals), Ryan Hahn (guitar/vocals), Andy Hamm (bass) and Matt Frazier (drums) and together they make a distinctive and beautiful sound.
This is tricky stuff to pin-down so I'll leave it for someone more gifted in the realms of genre sub-divisions to fix this for us later.
What I found here transcends genre in so many ways.
It is BIG music. Heart-warming music. Enveloping and uplifting music. The melodies are complex and absorbing; the singing fresh and vividly alive. These young gentlemen are creating sounds of true substance!
You could plunge in anywhere really and be lifted up by the pure energy and enthusiasm of their committed performances.
Let me tell you about a few of these wonderful compositions.Read more ›
That said, let me wholeheartedly compliment their musical endeavors in Gorilla Manor. The drive, the cohesion of harmonies, the instrumentation, the distinct quality of sound: all commendable! Full chordal vocal harmonies are rare, and in that respect, Fleet Foxes are brought to mind in accompanying Local Natives in finding the fullest vocal sounds (harmonically). A melancholy, industrial, and full experimental sound exudes from this album.
In that respect, it would almost be far-reaching to assume this song or that is "the best" on the album. Every song is new! Every song contributes to the variety of this new sound! I will say, however, that pieces of songs such as "Cards & Quarters," "Shape Shifter," and "Who Knows Who Cares" are unexpected and appreciated breaks from the sometimes brash and monotonous drums that carry most of the album's moving, rhythmic sound. Some of the best moments on the album are without the tribal meandering of the drums. It could be argued that many songs share similar qualities, but I believe this to be an emerging consistency in the sound of Local Natives, not a lack of originality. We'll see with future material!
Back to lyrics. Let's be honest: lyrics play a large part (half) in making a song meaningful, relevant, and legitimate. I loved the album upon my first listening!... and then I listened to the lyrics. In that regard, Local Natives have room for experimenting with the connection between sound and lyrics, and that includes the rhythmic consideration of lyrics.Read more ›
Ok, the masterful harmonies weaved into these tunes are disarming..... having an almost fleet-fox like chant feel at times. And suddenly you're getting kicked in the face with some simple, but perfect growling guitar, only to be immediately transported back to choir-boy harmonies. And I can't say enough about the drumming... was this guy's drum-teacher a pack of wolves??? At times his style seems to come from a lost dimension... (try to change the tune 'Sun hands' during the intro.... you can't)
Can't wait to see these guys down in Denver. Check out the u-tube videos too. They are just as good/better live.
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Amazing price for an amazing album. The record was in perfect condition when I received it.Published 6 months ago by isabelle
An amazing debut album from an extremely talented group. The three part vocal harmony on nearly every song on the album is heavenly and the songwriting and rhythms are upbeat and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Avi