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Product Description

2013 sophomore album from the Silver Lake-based Indie outfit. Much has happened between the band's critically-acclaimed debut album Gorilla Manor and Hummingbird. The band says Hummingbird was created from the emotional framework of being stretched between two opposite poles. In the two years following Gorilla Manor's release, the band saw the highest highs and the lowest lows they had ever experienced together. While many of their wildest musical ambitions were coming to fruition, personal relationships faltered or fell apart, and a close family member suddenly passed away.


With ''Hummingbird,'' Local Natives have made a thoughtful, lovely album with small gestures that provide great rewards. 8.1 --Pitchfork, January 28, 2013

''..they are still the band that first captured our hearts three years ago ... Hummingbird plays like a sophisticated and logical forward progression... They may be shifting the weight of the world onto their collective shoulders, but it hasn't dampened their energy a bit (8 out of 10).'' --Under The Radar

''...these Angelenos are indie rock's next great hope. (15 New Stars We Love)'' --Entertainment Weekly

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You & I
  2. Heavy Feet
  3. Ceilings
  4. Black Spot
  5. Breakers
  6. Three Months
  7. Black Balloons
  8. Wooly Mammoth
  9. Mt. Washington
  10. Colombia
  11. Bowery

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 29, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frenchkiss Records
  • ASIN: B00AARH5D8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Z. Mehrbach on January 29, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I love Hummingbird, although different in tone and mood, it's still representational of who Local Natives were when they came out with "Gorilla Manor," which is fantastic btw.

I adored Gorilla Manor so much that I had a feeling going into this album that I might be slightly let down. Yes, I am a little bit, but as I get to the end of the album I realize I'm being a little petty in that I already knew they probably would have a slight sophomore slump...but trust me it's really not much of one.

One of my favorite parts of the Local Natives is how the songs are presented which is often centered around drummer Matt Frazier and often Kelcey Ayer. If you're expecting anthem type driven songs like "Sun Hands," "Shape Shifter," and "Wide Eyes," you're not totally going to get that here. The songs here more represent their slightly more eclectic and rhythmic side from Gorilla Manor like, "Sticky Thread" and "Cubism Dream." I will admit, I like the drum heavy harder hitting songs that are more present on Gorilla Manor more, but this album is still great. It actually plays great when mixed in with their debut rather than on its own on a playlist. There is still a lot of similarity here, in fact more then I'm probably making it seem, but if you've listened to Gorilla Manor a ton like I have, you'll notice it too.

My favorite tracks on the album:

"Breakers," Great drum beat, great droning synth, and very catchy in a dreamy cinematic way. The song is about somebody trying too hard to exist to others...great stuff.

"Wooly Mammoth," One of the few rhythm section driven songs here. Really potent and great mixing.

"Mt Washington," Acoustic guitar, builds all the way through. Relationship song, beautiful phrasing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Kimura on February 1, 2013
Format: Vinyl
I purchased the deluxe/limited edition of Hummingbird this Tuesday at Amoeba Records. I saw the band's free show and got this beauty signed by all the members! I couldn't be happier. What I found most delightful is the fact that the genre really ties with Gorilla Manor (unlike other bands that are quickly influenced by mainstream music). If you liked Gorilla Manor, you will quickly love this one!

I literally adore every song on Gorilla Manor, specifically Sun Hands, Wide Eyes, and Who Know Who Cares. Local Natives actually performed a couple of these songs the other day. I must say this band is amazing live. They harmonize beautifully, giving most of my recognition to Taylor Rice, who never ceases to intrigue me with his meticulously groomed beard. When I was getting my vinyl sleeve for Hummingbird signed, the band members were so nice and greeted me with a smile and a thank you. Not only are they so welcoming, but their new album is just perfect. It's difficult to describe how much I'm pleased with this album in words... Nonetheless, my established favorites so far are You & I, Heavy Feet, Ceilings, Breakers, Wooly Mammoth, and Mt. Washington. With Local Natives specialty in sublime, lofty harmonies, I can't help but look forward to my bus rides or walks alone.

What really separates Hummingbird with Gorilla Manor is that it dives deeper into "an emotional abyss" and is topped with even more cathartic harmonies. The lyrics are an additional perk. "When did our love grow cold, the closer I got the further I have to go to places we don't know." This stanza is my favorite (featured in You & I). Overall, I would recommend this album. It's worth every buck and Local Natives won't let you down, I promise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DreadPirateWendi on February 13, 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
First off, this album is incredible, and in no way does this review reflect what I think of Local Natives or this beautiful album. 5 Stars for this album, definitely! Grab a copy, grab two so you can give one to somebody else!

This review is mostly for Amazon's lack of information, or inability to present that information effectively. When I pre-ordered this there wasn't any info in the description beyond the track listing and the fact that it would be on limited edition red vinyl. Now it states that a download card with three bonus tracks is included, but it still doesn't state that those tracks ARE NOT included on the actual pressing. It's not THAT big of a deal, and the die cut jacket and marbled blood red vinyl is gorgeous, but it's still frustrating to not get what you expect to get when you open this bad boy up, especially when you've spent almost $10 more on this deluxe edition and you've received the same thing that's in the standard edition, only prettier. I've bought deluxe LPs before that had bonus tracks on the vinyl that weren't included on the digital download card that was included, so the current product details could be easily misconstrued as Amazon just reassuring the buyer that the bonus tracks on the record are also downloadable, but that is not the case. The BONUS TRACKS ARE DOWNLOAD ONLY in this instance. Buyer beware.

I'm still glad that I got this version, but I'm annoyed that the details were left vague until after I received it. Now, to be fair, it wasn't even explained on the band's website, so maybe it's the manufacturer being purposefully vague, but whatever the reason, it should be corrected.

Either way, great album, give it a listen, grab a copy, but if you're looking for a hard copy of these bonus tracks like I was, maybe grab the deluxe CD instead... though now I wonder if they're actually included on that! :P
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