Local Natives hail from Los Angeles and boast a mellow yet driving rock sound. (Think Of Monsters and Men with more guitar, Fleet Foxes with more pop, and Vampire Weekend with less pop). From start to finish, the album glows with Local Natives’ signature smooth, beat-driven style.
Furthermore, Hummingbird reveals Local Natives as a band that both tricks you into a night-out state of mind and makes you think: the band plays to both thought and feeling on tracks like the album’s second track, “Heavy Feet,” a bittersweet, fluttering tune describing a breakup and “Colombia,” a slower, soulful song celebrating the life of a band member’s recently passed mother. One of the best tracks, “Bowery,” features haunting vocals from co-singers Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer and luscious drumming courtesy of percussionist Matt Frazier.
Hummingbird is a satisfying follow up to a promising debut: it’s an eleven-track power mix of folksy goodness.