Local Natives Announce Sour Lemon EP
Local Natives, have announce Sour Lemon, accompanied by a video for “Lemon” featuring Sharon Van Etten. Over a spare and sweeping arrangement, the band’s Taylor Rice and Sharon Van Etten sing a duet about longing for connection in a world of isolation and distraction. Lemon finds the beauty in small, domestic moments shared by romantic partners who occupy the same space but long to “be here at the same time.” Directed by Kenny Laubbacher, follows Taylor and Sharon walking along the LA River, only to briefly meet while crossing paths on a bridge. Lemon follows the previously released Statues In The Garden (Arras), which Flood called “enchanting” and “immersive.” Sour Lemon was recorded at Sunset Sound with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tv On The Radio) in late 2019.
Local Natives on Sour Lemon:
“We’re always working on new music, but songs tend to come at their own pace. There’s something freeing about writing without the goal of an album in mind. It feels like waking up for class only to realize that it’s Saturday and you can sleep in as long as you want. The songs on Sour Lemon each have their own long histories but they all finally decided to arrive at the same time. Rather than waiting, we decided to share them as soon as we could.”
Sharon Van Etten says of the song, “From the time we started writing to recording to shooting the video, I have moved to LA, Taylor had a child who is now 10 1/2 months, and Ryan is now engaged. I connected with the song at each stage: collaborating and getting to know each other, receiving their openness and generosity, recording the song and feeling the camaraderie and accepted as a part of the band, to shooting the video and reciprocating the longing and connection. Our friendship and our lives have grown since we first met, and this is a documentation of that… I’m looking forward to seeing where we all go from here.”
To celebrate Sour Lemon’s release, Local Natives will play their first show in seven months from Lodge Room in Highland Park, Los Angeles for a special live stream concert on October 23 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET. The EP will stream in its entirety for the first time before the concert commences. Tickets for the show are available here. Pre-order Sour Lemon here
Loma Vista Recordings
1. Lemon featuring Sharon Van Etten
2. Statues in the Garden (Arras)
4. Future Lovers
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