Local Natives

Local Natives - Ceilings (Live on Exclaim! TV)

Much has happened between the band’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Gorilla Manor, and the release of Hummingbird. Gorilla Manor launched the band onto the global stage, saw them headlining throughout America and Europe, opening for bands like Arcade National, and winning them lauded slots at major festivals around the world.

The band say Hummingbird was created from the emotional framework of being stretched between two opposite poles. In the two years following Gorilla Manor’s release, the band saw the highest highs and the lowest lows they had ever experienced together. When it came time to properly set these songs to tape, the band did their initial tracking in Montreal, and then decamped to Brooklyn, enlisting as co-producer The National’s Aaron Dessner.

Shining opener You & I is the album’s calling card, bathing synthetic drums in warm organs and surfy guitars, and the band’s signature sky-high harmonies. Ceilings sounds like Fleetwood Mac with a dub bass groove. Colombia, written for a member’s mother who passed away unexpectedly last year, is the album’s swollen heart moment, a love letter from a son to a parent which grows in beautiful, orchestral complexity around a simple, plaintive chorus. Like all of Hummingbird, the song carries with it not just a melodic richness, but a quality of catharsis and grace – a moment to be examined and ultimately enjoyed.

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