On their second LP, 'Hummingbird', the LA-based indie four-piece substitute their rich melodies for more musical subtleties and heavier subject matter
LOCAL NATIVES/ HUMMINGBIRD
Made up of Taylor Rice, Kelcey Ayer, Ryan Hahn and Matt Frazier, indie rock quartet Local Natives make folk-inflected music with swoon-worthy four-part harmonies reminiscent of bands such as Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket and Volcano Choir. They were one of the buzz bands to emerge from the SWXSW (Southwest by Southwest) festival in 2009, putting them on a par with indie contemporaries such as Animal Collective and Vampire Weekend. Released later in the same year, their debut album, Gorilla Manor, received overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans and critics alike. Singles such as Airplanes, Wide Eyes and Who Knows Who Cares firmly established Local Natives as a go-to group for warm vocal harmonies, rousing percussion and uplifting lyrics.
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