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Local Natives: Hummingbird
Buy! - (Frenchkiss)
This LA band’s excellent second album is considerably bleaker and more subdued than their effervescent 2010 debut Gorilla Manor. Co-produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and the band (Dessner also plays on the album and contributed to the songwriting, while his brother and bandmate Bryce Dessner contributed some string and horn arrangements), Hummingbird is a more sophisticated and fully realized take on the band’s expansive folk-pop, with a consistently strong set of beautifully crafted, densely textured songs combining a variety of lush instrumentation with darker, more introspective lyrics and the band’s sublime warm harmonies. 2/1/2013 - Don Yates