A third album, Sunlit Youth, arrived in the summer of 2016 via Infectious and Loma Vista Recordings. It found the group returning to a more upbeat style, punctuated by the addition of synths. Two singles, " I Saw You Close Your Eyes" & "The Only Heirs" were released in early 2017 along with a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk." They returned in early 2019 with Violet Street, which was produced by longtime studio collaborator Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Lucius, the War on Drugs). Included on the album were the singles "When Am I Gonna Lose You" and "Cafe Amarillo" while the standalone single "Nova" arrived later that year.
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