Glad to hear that you enjoyed the Local Natives. I have been trying hard to hype them a little bit here on HF :-) Agree with the songs that you mentioned and I may add that "Columbia" the very last track on the album to me at least seems to be the most emotionally and powerful track. This song can almost also be considered as the title song of the album. Actually this track has some distinct reminiscence of the Band Of Horses, another excellent indie band.
Thanks for the youtube links. Enjoyed it very much. Winston Yellen, right of my left pocket, sounds to me very much like Ryan Adams. Which is absolutely not a bad thing :-) I will listen to the whole album in a few days.
About 'Colombia' I echo your thoughts...it expresses a melancholic vibe, a vulnerability, best track of the album.
Unfortunately, Band of Horses's Mirage rock just does not click with me.
Yeah, he does sounds like Ryan Adams but I prefer the texture of Winston Yellen's vocals...I feel a tinge of lightness, innocence and fragility in them...like the reviews say...an arresting voice...it just captures your attention.
Recently, I came across a sensual, groovy and soulful album by Rhye, called Woman. Last year their single 'The Fall' captured my attention. This album is definitely worth a try.