Hummingbird [Deluxe Version]

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Local Natives' sophomore effort, 2013's Hummingbird, is a more atmospheric and introspective collection of songs in contrast to the band's effusive 2009 breakthrough debut Gorilla Manor. Perhaps it has something to do with the parting of bassist Andy Hamm, who left the band in 2011. More likely, it is the influence of producer and the National guitarist Aaron Dessner, who also co-wrote some of the songs on Hummingbird. Whatever the reason, gone is the tribal, post-punk influence of their first album's popular songs like "Sun Hands" and "Camera Talk," replaced here by the lyrical, dreamy, and long-form majesty of cuts like the piano-driven "Breakers," and the sparkling, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Local Natives' sophomore effort, 2013's Hummingbird, is a more atmospheric and introspective collection of songs in contrast to the band's effusive 2009 breakthrough debut Gorilla Manor. Perhaps it has something to do with the parting of bassist Andy Hamm, who left the band in 2011. More likely, it is the influence of producer and the National guitarist Aaron Dessner, who also co-wrote some of the songs on Hummingbird. Whatever the reason, gone is the tribal, post-punk influence of their first album's popular songs like "Sun Hands" and "Camera Talk," replaced here by the lyrical, dreamy, and long-form majesty of cuts like the piano-driven "Breakers," and the sparkling, late-afternooon melancholy of "Ceilings." Which isn't to say the band sounds completely different, or that these songs are any less infectious. On the contrary, Local Natives still showcase a knack for frenetic, percussive segments and layered vocal harmonies that feature lead singer Taylor Rice's evocative croon. There is just a hint of a break-up or unrequited love threaded through the lyrics on Hummingbird that rubs against some of the sweeter melodies here and gives the album a shadowy vibe. On "Ceilings," Rice opines, "Hold the Summer in your hands, 'till the Summer turns to sand. We were staring at our ceilings thinking of what we'd give to have one more day of sun." Similarly, tracks like the yearning "Black Balloons" and the angular "Wooly Mammoth" are ruminative, poignant, and moody epics that, while more progressive in feel, still bring to mind Gorilla Manor standouts like "Wide Eyes." Elsewhere, songs like "Breakers," and "Mt. Washington" seem to take aesthetic cues from such varied sources as the Beach Boys and Echo and the Bunnymen, proving that the band has no shortage of inspirational material to draw on, hopefully for many albums to come. [A Deluxe Version added three bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2013
  • Label: French Kiss
  • UPC: 675640915627
  • Catalog Number: 66
  • Sales rank: 35,177

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You & I (4:21)
  2. 2 Heavy Feet (4:06)
  3. 3 Ceilings (2:56)
  4. 4 Black Spot (4:41)
  5. 5 Breakers (4:09)
  6. 6 Three Months (4:30)
  7. 7 Black Balloons (3:07)
  8. 8 Wooly Mammoth (3:26)
  9. 9 Mt. Washington (3:18)
  10. 10 Colombia (4:50)
  11. 11 Bowery (4:38)
  12. 12 Palms (4:31)
  13. 13 11:11 (3:43)
  14. 14 Ingrid (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Local Natives Primary Artist
Aaron Dessner Organ, Bass, Guitar, Tambourine, Hand Clapping, bass pedals
Raymond Richards Upright Bass
Dave Nelson Trombone
Clarice Jensen Cello
Beth Meyers Viola
Kelcey Ayer Group Member
Ryan Hahn Group Member
Taylor Rice Group Member
Matthew Frazier Group Member
Yuki Mumata Violin
Technical Credits
Joe Lambert Mastering
Bennett Paster Engineer
Bryce Dessner Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Aaron Dessner Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Raymond Richards Producer, Engineer
Marcus Paquin Engineer
Phil Costello Management
Local Natives Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Mike Post Engineer
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