Coming off the release of their second fantastic album, Hummingbird, LA band Local Natives continue to grow their dreamy indie rock sound. Elegant harmonies and switch-ups between lead vocalists add to their dynamic, collaborative groove, and with catchy beats and sweet melodies, these guys are sure to get you moving.
Much has happened between the band’s critically-acclaimed album Gorilla Manor and the imminent release of Hummingbird. The band was launched onto a global stage, headlined theaters throughout America and Europe, opened for bands like Arcade Fire and The National, and played lauded slots at major festivals around the world. Upon their return home from the road, they built out a rehearsal space and studio in an abandoned bungalow in Silverlake, allowing them to write and experiment extensively with new sounds and arrangements. Keeping their uniquely collaborative process intact, this ultimately led to the band utilizing new instruments and songwriting approaches, challenging themselves to grow from the comfort space of their established aesthetic.
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. The songs on Hummingbird embody that similar dichotomy – they are fragile and powerful, opulent and spare, tense and poised. When it came time to properly set these songs to tape, the band did their initial tracking in Montreal, and then decamped to Brooklyn, enlisting as co-producer The National’s Aaron Dessner, whom they had recently befriended while touring together. It was the first time they had ever recorded outside their native California, and relocating became the physical manifestation of working beyond what was familiar for them.