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Local Natives make soaring, sky-scraping harmonies, dreamy orchestral melodies, and throbbing tribal beats that bash their way into your soul. Drawing a line from the vocal stylings of Crosby Stills Nash & Young and the Zombies through the more esoteric edges of post-punk and Afro-beat, this California five piece have communally crafted a brand of indie rock that is all their ... Read more in Amazon's Local Natives Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Infectious
  • ASIN: B002Q8HDW2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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LOCAL NATIVES Gorilla Manor (2009 UK 12-track CD album featuring the debut long player from the Los Angeles indie rock quintet includes the singles Sun Hands Camera Talk and Airplanes digipak picture sleeve)

BBC Review

Silver Lake five-piece Local Natives deliver their debut album after enjoying a decent degree of media coverage, especially throughout the blog world, much of which has concluded that the band could well follow in Fleet Foxes’ footsteps and take their brand of Americana-flecked indie-rock into the mainstream.

Much of the attention to come the band’s way has been generated by favourable reviews of their sets at this year’s South By Southwest conference, held in Austin, Texas back in March. Every year the multi-venue event – think the Camden Crawl on an epic scale (with better, and often bigger, bands) – produces a buzz band or two, and Local Natives impressed enough of the right people to qualify as a genuine One to Watch for 2009. And this album largely delivers on the promise.

The oddly titled Gorilla Manor features 12 tracks that successfully stir thoughts of a host of comparative ensembles – Band of Horses, O’Death, Pinback and, yes, Fleet Foxes – but Local Natives’ arrangements can express a cheery effervescence only sporadic in much of the aforementioned acts’ work. The a cappella breakdown of Sun Hands is an early example of this carefree attitude to composition – it’s completely out of place, yet feels entirely natural at the same time. Camera Talk flexes dub-kissed muscles midway through before breaking out a violin for some Arcade Fire-like strings-and-percussion splendour.

The band’s also perfectly capable of delivering big anthems strong on memorable hooks – the likes of Shape Shifter and album opener Wide Eyes are sure to swim around the listener’s head for days. And while this accessibility is largely down to the breakthrough exploits of forerunners, Local Natives’ evident ambition and accomplished execution of even the grandest ideas sets them in good stead to not only follow several leads, but stand out on their own before long.

Gorilla Manor is no classic – it’s too indebted to its makers’ influences for that. But it is a strong, striking debut that exceeds expectations and should open enough doors for the band to ensure that album two is immediately placed at the top of journalist must-listen-to piles and consumers’ to-buy lists alike. --Mike Diver

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
4.5 stars

Do you ever find yourself putting put on an album listening to it only once and yet knowing that it is good and going to get better? A rare occurrence admittedly but one which you will experience with the wonderful "Gorilla Manor". The Wolf has comprehensively captured in his excellent review the various elements of what makes this album special. Clearly there are references to the Fleet Foxes, indeed the warm cover version of Talking Heads "Warning Sign" displays the wonderful harmonies so beloved of our bearded Seattle chums. Local Natives are nevertheless not the "Fleet Foxes lite" an accusation which has been bandied around in some reviews. In fact there is so much diversity in this album that in large parts it is a genuinely intriguing and uncategorisable affair. Check out the joyous single "Camera Talk" which owes as much to the Beach Boys, Bens Fold five and even Vampire Weekend. "Shapeshiter" one of the albums highlights with its searing harmonies and its gradually building force packs a huge punch. A key feature of this song is the hyperactive drumming of Matt Frazier and (I don't believe I'm about to say this) the excellent lead vocalist Taylor Rice does sometimes sound like a much rockier version of Jon Anderson of Yes which is the strangest compliment I have ever paid.

Throughout the album has a feel of summer and the sort of effervescence in songs which end up swimming around the listener's head for weeks at a time and make you constantly revisit the album. The two most guilty culprits in this regard are "Wide Eyes" with its great guitar backdrop making it probably the most rock based song on the album but all the time those harmonies are a tight as Alastair Darlings recent budget. "Sun Hands" is the albums ultimate highlight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Mcwilliam Woods on 7 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Other reviews have been quite thorough so no need to waffle. A really wonderful album, this. Vocal melodies are sweet and harmonies are spot on. Instrumentation is faultless and the album is simultaneously playful, heartbreaking and uplifting. Reminiscent of The Arcade Fire, Beach Boys Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes if you're looking for a reference point. A really superb album, standout tracks (for me) are: 'Who Knows Who Cares'(The video for which pretty much sums up their whole sound), 'Sun Hands' and 'Wide Eyes.'
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Abso-blinkin-lutely loving this every-which-way.
You're going to love it too. Promise.

As incandescent a bunch of songs as I've heard this year and
there are a whole healthy dozen of them to be getting on with.

Local Natives hail from Silverlake, California, U.S.A.

They are Taylor Rice (guitar/vocals), Kelcey Ayer (keyboards/vocals),
Ryan Hahn (guitar/vocals), Andy Hamm (bass) and Matt Frazier (drums)
and together they make a distinctive and beautiful sound.

This is tricky stuff to pin-down so I'll leave it for someone more
gifted in the realms of genre sub-divisions to fix this for us later.

What I found here transcends genre in so many ways.

It is BIG music. Heart-warming music. Enveloping and uplifting music.
The melodies are complex and absorbing; the singing fresh and vividly alive.
These young gentlemen are creating sounds of true substance!

You could plunge in anywhere really and be lifted up by the pure
energy and enthusiasm of their committed performances.

Let me tell you about a few of these wonderful compositions.

'Camera Talk' manages to combine a viscerally raw rhythm,
under-produced and untainted in the best possible way, with
an intoxicating melody and delicious vocal harmonies.
The high-flying violin lifts the energy straight through the roof.

The spirit of CSN&Y lives on in 'Cards and Quarters'.
Mr Frazier's drums hold down a strong but simple beat
around which the song unfolds in evermore complex layers.
The last chiming chord hangs in the air like the aftertaste
of a half-remembered dream.

There is a dream-like quality running through much of this album.
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By Paul VINE VOICE on 5 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
I only discovered this band for myself a month ago when I was planning my Glastonbury Festival timetable and saw that they were playing at the Queen's Head on the Thursday night. I decided to go along, having heard just a couple of their songs on MySpace.

I instantly fell in love with their Fleet Foxes-inspired harmonies and summery Californian melodies. In fact, I enjoyed their Thursday night set so much that I decided to catch them again at The Park stage on the Friday. Staggeringly, they sounded even better through a larger P.A.

For the most part, their album 'Gorilla Manor' feels like it can't (and doesn't) put a foot wrong. Only towards the very end of the album for me did it tail off slightly, but this is a very minor flaw. Maybe if they'd left 'Stranger Things' and 'Sticky Thread' off the tracklisting, I'd have possibly awarded it 5 stars, I don't know. Anyway, the point is that it's a fabulous listen and you can easily finding yourself pressing the repeat button several times in one sitting.

There are many highlights, but the singles 'Airplanes' (with its fabulous 'I want you back!!' singalong chorus), 'Camera Talk', 'Sun Hands' and 'World News' are all instant classics. There's also a rather excellent Talking Heads cover ('Warning Sign') too.

If more people get to hopefully hear their music, I easily believe that they could be playing venues the size of Manchester Apollo & Brixton Academy this time next year. The album will definitely appeal to fans of Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend and Death Cab For Cutie.

If ever there was a 'No-Risk Disc', then this is it. You won't be disappointed.
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