‘Gorilla Manor’ (Infectious)
The opening tracks may be interspersed with a chorus of boos, but Local Natives are being hard on themselves – ‘Gorilla Manor’ is as inventive and imaginative as anything you’ve heard this year. Launching into the epic sparsity of ‘Wide Eyes’, Local Natives owe much to the inventive drumming of Matt Frazier and the fragility of singer Taylor Rice’s soaring vocals. And with the beautifully pompous ode to lost love in ‘Airplanes’ and the dance-riffs of ‘Sun Hands’, ‘Gorilla Manor’ continues to march through influences without a pause for thought. At twelve songs, it could be accused of being a little one-paced, before the rejigged Talking Heads classic ‘Warning Sign’ stomps along to pick up proceedings, but it’s a minor gripe on an otherwise brilliant debut.