Local Natives have announced their new EP Sour Lemon by sharing “Lemon,” a collaboration with Sharon Van Etten.
“Lemon” might very well be the indie band’s most intimate song to date. The single’s delicate arrangement balances stunning acoustic guitar work with frontman Taylor Rice and Van Etten’s moving duet. Their vocals entwine beautifully in the chorus as orchestral strings swell, adding to the song’s emotional intensity.
“We’re always working on new music, but songs tend to come at their own pace,” Local Natives said in a statement of their new EP. “There’s something freeing about writing without the goal of an album in mind. It feels like waking up for class only to realise 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.”
Previously released single “Statues in the Garden (Arras)” will also appear on Sour Lemon, which is out this Friday via Loma Vista Recordings. It follows Local Natives’ standalone collaboration with Sylvan Esso, “Dark Days”. Last year, the band released their fourth studio album Violet Street, which featured the songs “Café Amarillo,” “When Am I Gonna Lose You” and “Megaton Mile.”
Watch the video for “Lemon” below, starring Rice and Van Etten: