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Hummingbird

January 29, 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 29, 2013
  • Label: Frenchkiss Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Frenchkiss Records
  • Total Length: 48:23
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  • ASIN: B00B5GUV2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,409 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Really beautiful emotional music overall.
J. Poisl
After a few times through the album, I found myself looking for any and every opportunity to listen to it.
Kyle S. Bigler
I really enjoyed their debut album...but I really really really enjoy their second album.
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 30, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Hummingbird" represents the sound of a band coming of age and stretching out. Local Natives debut album "Gorilla Manor" charmed many a cold heart and the band members Taylor Rice (guitar/vocals), Kelcey Ayer (keyboards/vocals), Ryan Hahn (guitar/vocals), Andy Hamm (bass) and Matt Frazier (drums) have reconvened determined to prove that that there is plenty of milage in the tank and that this band of Californian minstrels are a true force. In a thoughtful review the BBC view of this album is ultimately that it represents a disappointment arguing that "could have been something spectacular, rather than the very solid set that it is". Frankly this reviewer can only issue a loud and formal disagreement. Granted the album does have echoes of Arcade Fire and Fleet Foxes, but its certainly not derivative. What it does show is meticulous craftsmanship and that Ayer in particular is becoming a songwriter capable of articulating the deepest emotions in fine melodic style. No where is more apparent than on the fine opener "You and I" which builds throw pounding drums into a beast of a song with a searing vocal by Ayer and a melody that pulls you in like dust to a Dyson. This splendid start sets a trend on "Hummingbird" namely a general feeling of stately elegance as opposed to the instant gratification of their debut. It is because of this that this album does take more concentrated work and harder listens but the rewards are richer. For example the opening single "Breakers" is not really a standout on first listens sounding like it could have been located on Arcade Fire's "Funeral" (Local Natives have of course supported them on tour) with similar drum patterns to that used by the great Canadians. Time however reveals a song full of texture and longing whilst building to a furious crescendo.Read more ›
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