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Watch Local Natives Debut Synthy ‘Hummingbird’ Songs in Hour-Long Live Set

Local Natives Play Hummingbird New Songs Video

If you’ve got an hour to spare, Los Angeles’ Local Natives will make it worth your time. The tropically tinged folk-pop posse recently recorded an intimate 60-minute concert (and interview) for L.A. indie music mainstay KCRW in which they debuted several songs from their long-awaited sophomore album, Hummingbird.

The public radio station was kind enough to offer a high-quality video stream of the event in which we hear a few highlights from 2009’s Gorilla Manor along with new single “Breakers,” and seven previously unheard tunes: “Heavy Feet,” “Ceilings,” “Colombia,” “Black Spot,” “Bowery,” “Three Months” and “You and I.” The songs reveal more of the creative percussion, glistening guitar-play, and big emotions that we’ve come to expect from the band, along with gossamer layers of sworling feedback and some positively beefy synth-work.

As an intermission, DJ Jason Bentley speaks with the boys about their January 29 release and their rise from Orange County unknowns to Silver Lake stars. “I remember the first time I heard one of our songs on the radio… I thought it was a mistake,” says Taylor Rice. He later explains why the band chose to record Hummingbird in New York: It’s too nice here, too easy. We had to leave to record, otherwise it never would’ve been finished.”