Formed in 2010, Nature’s Neighbor was conceived while the three founding members completed their studies at Columbia College, Chicago. They began writing and recording songs at home for their debut album You Me And The People, which was released in November 2011. Since then, they have released at least one album every year with a rotating lineup of musicians, the only constantly recurring members being Mike Walker, Terrill Mast and Seth Engel. Between them, they create an electronic folk concoction which differs in formula from song to song. Their influences include acts that also stand in that awkward no man’s land between electronic and folk such as Radiohead, Gorillaz, Wilco and Animal Collective.
He’s now back with the release of his new visual for his latest single “After The Dark,” a very nice DIY video that follows Mike as he walks his way through different parts of the city, which fits very well the troubadour, Folk-ish nature of the song.
“After the Dark was written during the springtime of 2020 when many of us were still in quarantine. We were longing for human contact and frustrated that the only way we could connect with our friends and loved ones was through FaceTime calls or text messages. To blow off steam, co-writer Terrill would go for long night time bike rides and I would walk around my neighborhood in the early hours of the morning before the sun came up. The song is really about those two things, longing for connection and traversing empty landscapes.”