The Local Natives’ sophomore album changes tone


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L.A. based psychedelic folk band The Local Natives release a slightly darker but multi-dimensional sophomore album.

Sarah Karels, Staff Writer

The Local Natives newest album, "Hummingbird," has sounds that reflect bands like the Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear.
The Local Natives newest album, “Hummingbird,” has sounds that reflect bands like the Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear.

Psychedelic folk band The Local Natives pleases with its second full-length album “Hummingbird,” released January 29. Building on their legacy of harmonic vocals and rhythmic beats, this Los Angeles based band continues their indie sound layered with texture.

Compared to their debut album “Gorilla Manor,” released in 2010, “Hummingbird” contains a slightly darker sound. Haunting vocals are featured in “Breakers,” one of the album’s previously released singles, as well as in “Columbia,” a heart-wrenching song detailing the pain felt by lead singer Kelcey Ayer after his mother’s death.

The darkness experienced in the album is not overpowering, however, and upbeat songs shine through. “Wooly Mammoth” showcases clashing cymbals and sharp drum beats, creating a chaotic yet pleasing sound that is present throughout the album.

“You & I,” another single, is the catchier form of a break-up song. Showcasing groovy beats and beautiful lyrics, this song is the perfect replacement for gloomy and mopey Valentine’s Day split music.

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The Local Native’s exceptional growth is shown through this album, the chill nature of “Gorilla Manor” matures into a more emotional, expanded sound. Whereas their first album was reminiscent of Animal Collective, the sound in “Hummingbird” is more comparable to Fleet Foxes, or Grizzly Bear. Also recognizable is the influence of Arcade Fire, whom the band has toured with in the past.

Despite the darker material, “Hummingbird” is a wonderful listen with inspiring lyrics dealing with the various forms of loss. Perfectly suited for those looking to supplement their indie/folk tastes, The Local Natives preserve their standing as quality sound makers.

Fans of “Hummingbird” and The Local Natives will be glad to hear that they will be performing at First Avenue on March 23, with tickets on sale now.