It’s a good day when Local Natives drop a surprise single and announce that a new record is no longer simmering, but it’s fully cooked. Sunlit Youth will be the LA five-piece’s third album and it will be out September 9.
‘Villainy’ is a woozy, swirling, synth-drenched banger, with a beating percussion line and some gorgeous harmonies sneaking in and out.
“This is a song that I would want to hear. Lyrically, ‘Villainy’ is about realising that you have the ability to change your situation, that you can start again everyday. We applied that to how we made music this time around. We wanted all the new songs to have a different energy, to challenge ourselves to do something different each time,” says vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Ryan Hahn.
“A lot of the excitement in making this new album came from discovering how to make songs in different ways. You start thinking, ‘What do I want to hear?’ Forget about what we’ve done and what people expect.”
With the release of the single, the band have also showcased a visual for the track which serves as a love letter to their hometown in Orange County and perfectly encapsulates all of the circling feels within the song. The clip was directed by Andrew Droz Palermo with art direction from Brian Roettinger.
April last year, the band broke silence with a pop up show in San Francisco and released their first new track in three years, ‘Past Lives’, which will also feature on the hugely anticipated upcoming record.
September cannot come quick enough.