Speaking of the inspiration behind the song, Morby said in a press release: “When I first moved back home to Kansas after having lived on both coasts for over a decade, I found myself—for the first time—dreading the sun going down. This was a foreign feeling for me. In both Los Angeles and New York, I resisted the day light and thrived in the night—something I have sung about many times, most notably on my album City Music. But suddenly there I was, isolated in the Midwest in late autumn—the days growing increasingly shorter—chasing the sun as best I could.”
‘Sundowner’, which Morby calls “the center of gravity for the rest of the album”, follows the previously released singles ‘Wander’, ‘Don’t Underestimate Midwest American Sun’, and the Waxahatchee collaboration ‘Campfire’.