Local Natives – Hummingbird (Album Review)

Local Natives are an American band that make the type of modern popular music we somehow find it impossible to match in this country… 
 
At once epic and homespun, their live shows are an exhilarating experience, with their close-harmony vocals matched perfectly by their musicianship and skilful, dynamic song writing.  For this album they’ve moved away from LA to Brooklyn to try to add a new dimension to their sound, and with their debut album, Gorilla Manor being such a stunning achievement, it’s no surprise that they’re taking the follow up seriously. Have a listen to focus track (kill me now) Heavy Feet and we'll see you back here in five…  
 

 
I’ll count myself a lucky chap if I hear a better CD this year than this, basically. 'Hummingbird' has a broader tone than the band's California-sun-drenched debut, and tackles darker events, such as sudden loss and coping with bereavement.  It reflects the emotional highs and lows of their last two years together, and they are a band who live and work together. Not for them separate family lives and just getting together for a tour. Ho no. Local Natives are the real deal, and the release of this album is a major musical event. 
 
It’s an album which makes it impossible to go and do much else while it’s on, apart from hitting the repeat button when it reaches the end of the last track.  Their music is a true group effort, with no individual taking any credit for the composing or arranging, and it shows.  This is a real treat from beginning to end.
 
9 out of 10
 
Review by Mark Perkins. Read Mark's music blog Up The Narrow Stairs here. 




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