Vogue

Album: Violet Street (2019)
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Songfacts®:

  • Guitarist Ryan Hahn explained in a Consequence of Sound track by track that "Vogue" originated as "a minimal, delicate song on a nylon string guitar." Previously, Local Natives had been working with Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld to create a unique piece of music for the Okeechobee festival. When the band decided they wanted to add strings, they remembered the solo violin piece she had sent over which ended up being re-arranged for "Vogue."

    Violet Street producer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Kacey Musgraves) then got the band running "around this binaural microphone shaped like a human head screaming at the top of our lungs and banging on trash can lids. Pure cacophony. He took that chaos and digitally tuned it until sounded like an angelic choir."
  • Lyrically, the song is a collection of "strange phrases" which the band pulled from the comment sections of some YouTube videos and collaged them together. "Even before the violins, we knew we wanted the song to be about the human desire to feel a connection to god or a spiritual world," Hahn said. "Unexpectedly the random phrases began to paint that picture and with some minor tweaks we felt like it achieved that ascendant, heavenly quality."

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