By YARA BEYDOUN, Staff Columnist

 Artist: Local Natives

Album: Hummingbird

Release: January 29, 2013

When you’re feeling mellow but you still have the urge to dance, this L.A. indie pop band can give you that right type of vibe. Local Natives have only recently released their sophomore album, and they’ve already compared to bands such as Grizzly Bear and Arcade Fire. With its delicate guitar-riffs, unobtrusive melodies and soft vocals from Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer, Hummingbird lives up to these comparisons pretty well.

 Yet, I couldn’t help but feel a lack of substance in this LP. Unlike their competitors, Local Natives don’t experiment with different instruments at all. I can’t say I felt moved over the anticlimactic, unoriginal instrumentation, which was consistent throughout the album.

 Where this LP strives is within its lyricism. In the track “Black Balloons,” Rice sings a sweet ballad about living under the control of others against being able to live free: “Circling vultures always overhead…/ Now you’ve changed your name/ Do they still ask you twice?” The track “Heavy Feet” has more of a serene feel as we are sung a story about living life rather than just talking about it. The track “Bowery” ends this album appropriately as vocals of “oh’s” wash over you against a heavy guitar-riff.

 With its great potential, Hummingbird could have been better. But Local Natives are certainly moving up in the ranks of indie rock bands out there.

 Key Tracks: “Heavy Feet,” “Breakers,” “Black Balloons,” “Bowery.”

Track Review

 Artist: Wavves

Single: Demon to Lean On

 The surf rock band, Wavves, is said to release their sixth album, Afraid of Heights, on March 26. “Demon to Lean On” is forecasting quite a bit of grunge rock. It starts out with lots of distortion, and transitions into a heavy bass and Nathan Williams singing about a couple reminiscing of what they had. Then he sings: “The truth is that it hurts/ And what’s it really worth?/ No hope and no future/ Holding a gun to my head.” It echo’s the sound of a mature Nirvana, with its loud percussion and fuzzy distortions (and let us not forget the angst-filled lyrics.) 90s grunge is back—and it sounds awesome!