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    Hurts: Exile

    Mon Apr 29

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    Local Natives: Hummingbird

    Mon Feb 4

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    The Rolling Stones: GRRR!

    Fri Jan 11

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    David Jacobson: Come Around Again!

    Wed Dec 12

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    Devalued: Plagues

    Fri Dec 7

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

    Tue Dec 4

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    Grizzly Bear: Shields

    Fri Nov 30

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    Deftones: Koi No Yokan

    Tue Nov 27

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    Levek: Look a Little Closer

    Thu Nov 15

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    The Killers: Battle Born

    Mon Nov 12

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    Andrew Bird: Hands of Glory

    Fri Nov 2

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    Chelsea Wolfe: Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

    Fri Oct 19

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    Converge: All We Love We Leave Behind

    Wed Oct 10

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    The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth

    Tue Oct 9

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    Roadkill Ghost Choir: Quiet Light

    Thu Oct 4

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    Muse: The 2nd Law

    Wed Oct 3

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    Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1

    Thu Sep 27

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    The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Meat and Bone

    Thu Sep 27

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    The Vaccines: Come of Age

    Mon Sep 24

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    Bob Dylan: Tempest

    Tue Sep 18

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    Swans: The Seer

    Wed Sep 12

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    The xx: Coexist

    Tue Sep 11

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    Wild Nothing: Nocturne

    Mon Sep 10

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    Animal Collective: Centipede Hz

    Fri Sep 7

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    Circa Survive: Violent Waves

    Wed Sep 5

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    Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes

    Tue Sep 4

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    Krallice: Years Past Matter

    Fri Aug 31

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    Overdue for Review: Beach Boys through Woody Guthrie

    Mon Aug 27

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    Teengirl Fantasy: Tracer

    Fri Aug 24

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    Bloc Party: Four

    Thu Aug 23

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    Xibalba: Hasta La Muerte

    Tue Aug 21

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    Praything: Her Skin Caught the Glow EP

    Mon Aug 13

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    Regina Spektor: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

    Wed Aug 8

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    Nas: Life is Good

    Mon Aug 6

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    Nachtmystium: Silencing Machine

    Fri Aug 3

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    Purity Ring: Shrines

    Tue Jul 31

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    Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

    Mon Jul 23

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    Alexander & The Grapes: Hemispheres

    Fri Jul 20

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    Baroness: Yellow & Green

    Wed Jul 18

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    Aesop Rock: Skelethon

    Tue Jul 17

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    Metric: Synthetica

    Fri Jul 13

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    Gasoline Heart: Thanks For Everything

    Thu Jul 12

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    Agalloch: Faustian Echoes

    Wed Jul 11

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    GRANT: Beat Tape Vol. 1

    Mon Jul 9

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    Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel...

    Sat Jul 7

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    Hundred Waters: Hundred Waters

    Fri Jul 6

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    Carrousel: 27 rue de mi'chelle

    Mon Jul 2

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    Joey Bada$$: 1999

    Wed Jun 27

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    Motion City Soundtrack: Go

    Mon Jun 25

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    The Tallest Man on Earth: There's No Leaving Now

    Fri Jun 22

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    Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life: Friends, Fans, & Family

    Fri Jun 22

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    Cold Specks: I Predict A Graceful Expulsion

    Fri Jun 22

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    2:54: 2:54

    Wed Jun 20

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    Curren$y: The Stoned Immaculate

    Tue Jun 19

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    Paul Simon: Graceland (25th anniversary reissue)

    Mon Jun 18

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    Golden Curls: Warm Fiction

    Fri Jun 15

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    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: Here

    Fri Jun 15

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    A Blaze in the Southern Sky:
    10 Best Metal Albums of 2012 . . . So Far

    Mon Jun 11

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    Burzum: Umskiptar

    Mon Jun 11

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    Japandroids: Celebration Rock

    Fri Jun 8

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    Crocodiles: Endless Flowers

    Wed Jun 6

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    The Dropp's 25 Best Albums of 2012 . . . So Far

    Mon Jun 4

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    Sigur Rós: Valtari

    Fri Jun 1

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    The Walkmen: Heaven

    Thu May 31

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    Overdue for Review: Bowerbirds through Toro y Moi

    Tue May 29

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    The Cribs: In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

    Fri May 25

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    Kimbra: Vows

    Fri May 25

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    Hands: Massive Context EP

    Thu May 24

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    Santigold: Master of My Make-Believe

    Wed May 23

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    Best Coast: The Only Place

    Mon May 21

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    My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (reissue)

    Fri May 18

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    Pseudo Kids: Stay Glad EP

    Thu May 17

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    B.O.B: Strange Clouds

    Wed May 16

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    Beach House: Bloom

    Tue May 15

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    mewithoutYou: Ten Stories

    Mon May 14

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    Silversun Pickups: Neck of the Woods

    Fri May 11

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    Off!: Off!

    Tue May 8

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    Father John Misty: Fear Fun

    Fri May 4

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    Death Grips: The Money Store

    Thu May 3

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    Jack White: Blunderbuss

    Wed May 2

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    Reptar: Body Faucet

    Tue May 1

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    Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light

    Thu Apr 26

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    Miike Snow: Happy to You

    Mon Apr 23

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    Battles: Dross Glop

    Fri Apr 20

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    Rusko: Songs

    Wed Apr 18

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    High on Fire: De Vermis Mysteriis

    Fri Apr 13

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    Bear In Heaven: I Love You, It's Cool

    Mon Apr 9

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    Tanlines: Mixed Emotions

    Wed Mar 28

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    Ear Dropps Come Lately

    Mon Mar 26

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    Odd Future: The OF Tape Vol. 2

    Fri Mar 23

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    Drudkh: Eternal Turn of the Wheel

    Wed Mar 21

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    The Shins: Port of Morrow

    Mon Mar 19

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    The Men: Open Your Heart

    Fri Mar 16

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    The Decemberists: We All Raise Our Voices to the Air

    Thu Mar 15

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    Andrew Bird: Break It Yourself

    Fri Mar 9

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    Damien Jurado: Maraqopa

    Wed Mar 7

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    Mark Lanegan Band: Blues Funeral

    Tue Feb 21

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    Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

    Mon Feb 20

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    Fionn Regan: 100 Acres of Sycamore

    Tue Feb 14

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Local Natives: Hummingbird

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Local Natives - Hummingbird cover




     
          Frenchkiss / Infectious Music // 2012
          Dropped by Robert Miller




Music from this album
Local Natives: “Breakers”

Local Natives released an album in 2010 that was donned as a “mostly successful” effort. Without topping charts, without shaking foundations, they mustered up an afro-pop rock release with comparisons to all of the buzz bands you can think of from the mid- to late-naughts—Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, et al. Hummingbird is the 2013 follow-up to their Gorilla Manor release from almost exactly three years ago to the day. It leads the L.A.-based quartet into pensive, despondent, dreary and plain old high-and-dry sad territory. If frontman Taylor Rice (or, really, any present band member) didn’t experience some life-altering break up in the past couple years or so, I’d have to simply congratulate him on his insightful acting abilities via lyrics.

This is the break up album you’ve always been hoping for—well, if that’s something you hope for. The fading synthesizer whir of opener “You & I” floats in the background of Peter Silberman-esque falsettos sporadically thrown into a pool of reverberating guitar strums. “When did your love grow cold?” it goes. It’s the start of an album laced with longing and searching for failure. Forlorn depression, heavy breathing, haunted faces burned in the ceiling are only a fraction of the troublesome sad-sack tropes in Hummingbird‘s liner notes.

The couple tracks you may already be familiar with, “Heavy Feet” and “Breakers,” remain the standout tracks of this hip indie-friendly release. And like any good current dream-pop album, the songs benefit from a carefully paced build up of layers of culminating attributes which eventually lead into a grand finale. These singles follow their respective blueprints to a “T” and largely benefit from the dedication to formula. On the other hand, most of the tracks in between sort of saunter between blase and just altogether forgettable.

Hummingbird is even more than a break up album, though. It’s as if it’s a diary taken straight from the core of the band’s teenage heart. “I keep on calling just to get the machine,” goes “Three Months.” It’s like a spiraling hopeless world of infinite heartbreak that we’ve all experience before, but desperately wish to never experience again. It even comes with guilt, blame and regret all in the form of the simple, straightforward piano-driven “Colombia.” “Every night I ask myself,” sings Rice, “Am I loving enough?” And this track is inevitably followed by the album closer “Bowery,” where Rice takes his emotional turmoil from the 10 tracks before and morphs it into a more empirical, distant look at love and loss as a whole.

It’s an interesting finale to the album, as the first 10 tracks built upon themselves, developing very personal and specific anecdotes of pain, loss and suffering through heartbreak. Someone named “Patricia” is even called out by name on “Colombia.” But in the end, Local Natives takes a step back to look at how losing the one you love can affect anyone’s life. Hummingbird is, obviously, a personal album to the band. They seemed to reach further inward than they did with the largely upbeat Gorilla Manor, and while diving deeper and getting personal is usually a great move for an artist, Hummingbird sticks to tired tropes a little too often. It’s the LiveJournal of a 15-year-old boy that never quite refined or focused the run-on sentence he calls “pain and heartbreak.”

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Watch the music video for Local Natives’ “Breakers” single below:

Mon Feb 4

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