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Local Natives “make soaring, skyscraping melodies, and throbbing tribal beats that bash their way into your soul” (Altsounds). The afropop-influenced band makes their Austin City Limits debut performing songs from their newest release, Hummingbird.

After making a splash at SXSW, the Los Angeles combo turned heads in 2010 with the shimmering, groovy folk-pop of its self-funded first record Gorilla Manor, which the BBC referred to as “a strong, strking debut that exceeds expectations” and Drowned in Sound calls “a stirring album.” Delusions of Adequacy wrote, “Gorilla Manor consists of twelve very intricate and charming songs. The record has a sense of liveliness and reaches out to human abilities, emotions and reactions.”

Earlier this year Local Natives released their sophomore album, Hummingbird. The band says Hummingbird was created from the emotional framework of being stretched between two opposite poles. While their wildest musical dreams were coming to fruition, personal relationships faltered or fell apart, and a close family member suddenly passed away. As such, the songs on Hummingbird embody that similar dichotomy – they are fragile and powerful, opulent and spare, tense and poised.

“From the first sung note of Hummingbird, Local Natives are frank in their presentation of a serious album, challenging listeners to heal along with them,” wrote Paste. The record contains, according to All Music Guide, “a more atmospheric and introspective collection of songs,” making up what Pitchfork calls “a thoughtful, lovely album with small gestures that provided great rewards.” All in all Hummingbird “feels like a pronouncement, as if to highlight how much the quartet has grown since its last outing” (Boston Globe).

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