Los Angeles' Local Natives
were heir to the program of pop renovation underway thanks to
Arcade Fire and the
Fleet Foxes; or at least so introduced
them their singles "Airplanes"
(that adds Caribbean laziness to a cabarettish trotting rhythm)
and "Sun Hands" (a frenzied blues shuffle).
Gorilla Manor (Infectious, 2009), however, is simply a collection of those singles
and a couple of decent songs (Wide Eyes, polyrhythmic and occasionally
reminiscent of the Talking Heads, and
the hypnotic and calmly tribal Shapeshifter) amid a
lot of tedious filler.
If the multilayered arrangements and the multilayered vocal harmonies got
the headlines, the (always eccentric and creative) rhythms could be the
most original trait and the real protagonist.
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