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Vinyl LP pressing. 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
''...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
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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
the-sky melodies in a near-orchestral indie rock setting. Vocal harmonies and melodic
complexity combine and stretch for flowing, emotional heights. The album feels soft, as though
fragility & beauty are in their waning moments as the glue of life. There's an unmistakable
appeal in this kind of lofty approach; a sort of predictable & lovely lightness of being. At times, it
almost has me, but overall I think it lacks any muscularity of substance. "Hummingbird" has a
quavering beauty-shimmer that will ring true to some and feel vacuously unnourishing to others.
Some similarities to Radiohead, Elbow, Arcade Fire, Field Music, Grand Archives.
AND THE DELUXE VERSION IS A MUST!!!
-why you ask?
--because I wouldn't be complete without 11:11...that song is so beautiful. Thank you Local Natives for putting together an awesome album.
The only thing I miss from the first CD is that awesome percussion (see "Sun Hands"!)