As a native Los Angeleno, I have a strong affection for any song that mythologizes my hometown. Yacht’s “Shangri-La” does just that. Heck, even the logo for the song does a unique take on my beloved Dodger’s LA. The Portland transplants clearly have developed a deep affection for their new surroundings. As they put it, “Basically, any place can be Utopia. But it doesn’t hurt when that place is already Los Angeles.”
The video features friends, family, and collaborators doing typical L.A. activities in pristine weather. The usage of soft-focus and hazy cinematography adds to the dreamy nature that most of the country associates with California. Plus, it makes this expat writer miss home.