Pure sunshine: Childhood take to the streets in the video for ‘Californian Light’

It’s from their upcoming, brand new album ‘Universal High’!

Lovers of soulful psych-pop rejoice! Three years after the release of ‘Lacuna,’ South Londoners Childhood are back and are releasing their new album ‘Universal High’ on 21st July via Marathon Artists!

They’ve also lifted the lid on ‘Californian Light,’ a sparkling, pretty vintage number that’s perfect for the summer. Despite its positive demeanour though, according to Ben Romans-Hopcraft, the track is actually about something a little bit darker. Speaking to The FADER, he explained: “Ironically, the sentiment of ‘Californian Light,’ has nothing to do with the sunshine state at all. It was written as an ode to my relationships that define me as a person in London. The ‘light’ itself is a reference to an experience me and a bunch of my best friends had in San Francisco.”

He continued: “What we thought was an inviting celestial light, whilst we ran around inebriated one evening, actually turned out to be a beaming light from two cop cars, with their guns pointed directly at us. This deception of when something you feel is eternal and magnificent, turns out to be a brutal sobering reality, was a notion I used to sum up a lot of the relationships I’ve had in London over the years.”

In the video, they present a love letter to the people and the places of South London, dancing around the streets and hanging out with the market traders in the Walworth neighbourhood. It makes you want to get out and do the same.

Watch the video for ‘California Light’ below.

Childhood will play Live At Leeds (29th April) and The Great Escape (18th-20th May), where DIY is an official media partner. Tickets are on sale now. Visit diymag.com/presents for more information.


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