With this sunny weather, heaps of work and shocking lack of ‘fab ice-lollies’ (If that confuses you you haven’t lived… go to sainsburies asap) in my fridge i’ve been feeling in serious need of some holiday therapy recently. luckily this has come in the form of the gorgeous ‘trip’ by vacationer. Well worth a push of the repeat button in this balmy weather and an essential for this upcoming double bank holiday,
A couple of days ago we noticed numerous blog posts about a mysterious new addition to the Philly music scene called Vacationer and its song “Trip” (which you can download below). We dropped the band an e-mail to find out just who they were, and received this response from the Philly-based member of the trio (who, for now, prefers to remain nameless):
I grew up and still live in Philadelphia and the two other guys are in Brooklyn. The project started a few months back. The two guys in Brooklyn also play in a band called Body Language, and we sort of just got together and wrote and recorded 5 songs in the BL studio…the first of which went up on the interwebs yesterday. We’re shocked and pleasantly surprised by all the warm feedback. We’re planning on releasing a few more songs over the coming weeks as we’re getting ready to start playing shows.
Preparing for the summer is always an exciting endeavor. Road trips, beach days, summer love are just a few things we all seem to look forward to in the days leading up. Even more important is the essential summer mix that ties everything together. Philadelphia's Vacationer has popped in right on time to be the first submission to everyone’s play list. The dream-pop tune “Trip" with it’s jazzy undertone will easily find it’s way into one’s sunny afternoon drives. Check out the video below and let’s only hope they have more to contribute in the upcoming months!
Some hotness is spilling over the interwebs this afternoon in waves of Eastern Seaboard happiness. The recent addition to the Philly music scene are called Vacationer and here’s a taste of their first jam and the video to go with it.
This music video has just about everything you could possibly want: floating champagne glasses, mad dance skills, singing animals, and a scenic canoe ride. Not to mention the song is easily one of my new favorites of 2011. I haven’t heard too much about Vacationer, but if he keeps putting out tunes like this one he’ll be a household name in no time.
According to sources close to Stark, this video sort of popped up on Youtube (Music homepage no less) and no one really knows a ton about this group other than they’re called Vacationer, they have 4 Youtube subscribers, 27 (make that 28) Facebook likes, we think they’re from Philly, and they made a gorgeous video and a great song called “Trip.” It’s like watching Discovery Channel’s ‘Planet Earth’ mashed up with vaguely tropical synth beats, and compelling melodies. The images absolutely inform the song, and we’re so glad that it’s difficult to separate the two. Great great new find.
The universe seems to be on my side lately, and has created Vacationer, a side project of my forever-obsession Body Language and a secret unnamed collaborator. “Trip” is wonderfully understated and upbeat, and manages to conjure images of mountain crags and rainforests all at once, but maybe that’s just the video infiltrating my brain. I think I smell a summer jam. I need a trip, a trip’s what I need.
A beginning that sounds like it’s from NPR that morphs it’s way into beat. Jungle animals seem to call through the dense, layered sound. Then:
“(I need a) trip! A trip’s what I need…”
And suddenly you’re 30 seconds into this gem of a song. It breezes by, sunny and bright, with a sound that’s fresh. It’s like laying back in the sun–it’ll just wash over you. Perhaps the strangest/best thing about the sound of this song is that it sounds like a trip, or a vacation if you will, in itself. A rainstorm just started up here in central Ohio and hearing this song is like whisking away to the beach for 3 minutes.
Vacationer is a recent upstart from Philadelphia and “Trip” is their only currently released song. In a lot of ways, it sounds to me like the direction Animal Collective should have gone after Fall Be Kind. It’s a great combination of electronic mixes of sound that succeeds in sounding organic.
I’ve been needing this one. Slagging through our inbox day after day, listening to a lot of dreck, has had me down recently. Sure, I’ve found some good stuff, but there’s been nothing that has reached out and really shook me. Until this morning, that is.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Vacationer has their finger on my musical pulse. (And really, Philadelphia has a rash of great new bands lately.) Their only song, “Trip” is a chunky beat, soaring vocals, and an ambiance that pushes away the cold front that has firmly planted itself over top of Rochester.
The video for the song fits it perfectly, overlapping pictures of waterfalls, jungle scenes, people rafting down rivers. I don’t think they could have planned this one better. Let the repeating commence. Head over to their website and give them your email address. Based on this, you’re going to want to hear what they do next.
Anyone feeling slammed about the upcoming week? Finals? Perhaps wondering if your internship for the summer is going to come through or not? You need a trip, a trip is what you need. Luckily Vacationer has arranged all the logistics, planning & packing, all you have to is press play! Just turn those headphones way the fuck up, and make sure you hit the full screen button.
The video starts out with parties of balloons carrying glasses of champagne out over a waterfall this gigantic waterfall. The second appearance is from this swagged-out B-boy moonwalking next to the waterfall while bumping beats from his boombox. This kid has moves, for real. As the trip begins to transgress, the birds of paradise are shown, a clip that looks to be straight from Planet Earth. The imagery then flows around through nature, showing scenes of random animals being chill bros, and the waterfall raging, letting you know, “don’t fuck.” The song and visuals blend so nicely together, it’s an a more out-0f-the-ordinary approach that I think a lot of people will dig on.
Not too much is known about this guy yet, I’m getting tips here and there through our guy at Big Hassle, but I’m looking forward to hearing more from Vacationer. I’ve been given the Facebook page for Vacationer, which led me to the band website there’s some pretty cool stuff on there. Looks like he’s classifying himself under “Nu-Hula”.
Don’t watch this if you have an empathetic fear of heights. As in, if watching other people moonwalk on slippery, muddy waterfall ledges gives you the heebie jeebies, stay away. But at least listen to it, It’s a boss song.
Sometimes something so neat pops into our inbox that it’s a battle over who gets to write about it. Matt would make out with this song. I’m more inclined to say I’d make out to this song. Now, experience a round trip in a bottle, one that “The eastern seaboard’s foremost relaxation specialists” cared enough to send our way. Both Matt and Sean felt compelled to offer commentary.
I wore a comfy shirt today. One that fit and looked swell on me. So as I sit here in my underwear and comfy shirt, after a long day of telling children to not throw pencils at the heads of their neighbors, I got the chance to hear “Trip”.
As much as the lyrics might describe someone in need of stress relief, it all comes from a place of pure relaxation and enjoyment. With the ambient animal cries and simple sitcom segue expos, you’ll feel like you’re already on vacation, looking far back on those terrible old days of commutes and lunchrooms. ”Trip” made me open my windows for the first time of the season; sniff the air and look up at the clouds; typical me, but when I did it, I was chilllllllllllllllllllleeed ooouuuut. God bless smooth strums on Fenders and vague drug references.
“Trip” — with its spliced beat and scratchy background noise, its dynamite chill vibe and jungle-noise atmospherics, not to mention the spot-on vocals — is strong enough to stand on its own. It’s a journey through a misty musical rainforest. But instead of feeling the humidity, all you feel are cool breezes and and the tickle of grass underfoot.
When love can’t (or won’t) come through, and the promise of Heaven isn’t enough on a Monday, songs like this one will do just fine. Just fine.
Then we get to the hand-cam style video that begins with champagne wishes (and glasses) carried by balloons over a gorgeous waterfall. That gives way to — what else — a breakdancer on a cliff. And from there we see the natural world in tune with the music, giving off the same vibe one gets merely from listening to the song. It’s fantastic stuff, and it simply fell into our laps.