I've been hot onto LA band Local Natives since their stunning 2010 debut, Gorilla Manor. The album received a lot of buzz and the band went on to subsequently tour with bands like The National. Being big fans of both I was pretty excited to learn that The National's Aaron Dessner would be producing and collaborating on the bands second LP, Hummingbird which sees it's release today via Frenchkiss.
The group takes a big leap forward on the new disc, with a much more subtle, mature, and even refined approach, where you can make the connection that it's not dissimilar to The National's jump from their albums Alligator to Boxer. You can hear it most evident on tracks like the lead single "Breakers" the slow and haunting "Columbia" and the enchanting "Heavy Feet" which gets this weeks (Song of the Week) honors.