Northern California-based indie folk band Alec Lytle & Them Rounders premiered their latest music video for “Young” on Elmore Magazine today. The single will appear on their upcoming album The Remains of Sunday, which is due out April 17 via CEN/The Orchard.
Alec Lytle & Them Rounders are rescheduling their spring dates to later in the year. See below for detailed updates. Alec will perform songs from the album on Instagram Live on April 16 prior to release day. Follow and tune in here.
Alec spoke about the inspiration guiding the video, which was directed by his wife Priscilla: “The story for this video started with several discussions my wife Priscilla and I had about the meaning of this song. We wanted to show that someone’s true and honest soul can best be found in their youth. It is a hope that you can access that youthfulness with the people who are most important to you, that joy, that spontaneity, isolating the connection two people have to each other from the repressive and chaotic realities of the modern world.”
“I wrote ‘Young’ while my wife was pregnant with our second child, our daughter Cadence, who just turned 4. The song is a response to the realities I imagine women will face as they grow up in our world. It’s a hope that youth can prevail over the realities of modern life… that machine that devours innocence.”
Alec wrote and recorded “Young” at the iconic Sound City. His choice of guitar was a 1940s acoustic cowboy stencil guitar, that was modified with a rubber bridge to produce a dead and non-sustaining sound. Drummer Matt Chamberlain built a one-of-a-kind drum kit from his instrument collection. During the recording, the engineer Joseph Lorge placed vintage tube microphones on the floor to capture a unique perspective of the sound. In discussing the direction of the song, Alec said, “My friend Tony Berg who produced the record really helped get us all moving in an interesting direction that’s a bit of a departure from our typical acoustic sound.”
The Remains of Sunday was produced by Tony Berg (Michael Penn, Josh Radin, Blake Mills) and mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain (Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie). The album embodies modern folk and traverses a broad range of instrumental textures through the use of mandolin, upright bass, drums, slide guitar, pedal steel, fiddle, banjo, and three-part vocal harmony.
Alec Lytle wrote his 2020 release during a time of major personal upheaval marked by the births of his children and the passing of his mother and older sister. His collaboration with the band yields remarkable and accessible exploration of deep human themes—grief, intimacy, and nostalgia. Alec’s lyrics paint a vivid picture of his internal struggle to balance his energy and identity as a husband, father, musician, and builder. He often finds himself physically and mentally isolated on this latest record as he navigates his emotions near his home in Redwood, California.