"Lemon" arrives after last month's "Statues in the Garden (Arras)", which is the second of four tracks on Sour Lemon.
The new song marks the debut collaboration between Local Natives and Van Etten, and is accompanied by a video directed by Kenny Laubbacher.
Van Etten says of the single, "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."
Sour Lemon was recorded with producer Chris Coady late last year at Sunset Sound, and will be Local Natives' first collection of tracks since their 2019 LP Violet Street.
On their new EP, Local Natives say, "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 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."