Local Natives released a new album, Sunlit Youth, last year, and today they’re sharing a video for “Dark Days” that acts as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, which they recorded at a number of different picturesque locales. Here’s the band on the backstory behind the video:
Dark Days is a bit of a misleading name. It’s a nostalgic song about high school first loves and all the intensity and tension surrounding them, mixed with a little dose of religious guilt. Growing up in Southern California, we didn’t have many days without sun. Dark Days brought to mind good memories of swimming on rainy days and sneaking out to your girlfriend’s house.
We’d never done a duet before and when we brainstormed on our favorite female vocalists, Nina Persson immediately came to mind. We’d never met or had any connection to her prior, but she gave us a chance and we’re so happy to have her beautiful voice on our record.
This footage is from the past two years of making Sunlit Youth. Instead of just going to a ‘proper studio’ in LA, we used most of our recording budget to travel and work in some beautiful locations. Our friend Jonathan came along and filmed us in Thailand, Malaysia, Joshua Tree, Ojai, Nicaragua and London. Not really sure why Taylor was naked…
Sunlit Youth is out now via Loma Vista.