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Local Natives have shared a revamped version of track ‘Dark Days’, featuring Sylvan Esso

The track had previously been performed together on US telly
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Published: 3:14 pm, May 21, 2020Words: Jamie Muir.
Local Natives have shared a revamped version of track ‘Dark Days’, featuring Sylvan Esso

Local Natives have shared a recorded revamp of their track ‘Dark Days’, featuring Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath

Originally performed together for the first time earlier in the year on US telly, the track has now been recorded in ‘proper’ form - giving new life to the track originally released on Local Natives’ 2016 album ‘Sunlit Youth’

Speaking about the new version, the band said: "Dark Days" is a loose homage to growing up in Southern California: first loves, sneaking out, finding your our own way —all while trying to outrun religious guilt. The song has become integral to our band and our live shows. We last played it live on Kimmel a little over 2 months ago, which now feels like a distant memory from a bizarre alternate reality. Despite the looming anxiety of those final pre-quarantine days, that performance felt especially cathartic for us and was made all the more poignant by having Amelia on stage with us. She not only lent us her incredible voice but she wrote a beautiful new verse that taps into the nostalgia and the longing we all feel for a different time.“

Amelia from Sylvan Esso added: “It was a joy to dip into summertime with Local Natives- Dark Days is a beautiful illustration of being young, riding bikes, and trying to figure out how to love on and be vulnerable with someone. It was an honour to be asked to write a new verse and lend my voice to the story."

Check out the version below now, along with their performance from earlier in the year

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