by The Alchemist
Street lights cast a glow on an empty highway in the middle of the night. The blue hour sets in as cerulean hues overtake the sky. These images and many more swirl into focus within the music of Vacation Manor. Painting in broad strokes of lush guitars, bright melodies, cinematic and intimate lyrics, and shimmering rhythms, the Virginia duo—Nathan Towles [vocals, guitar] and Cole Young [drums]—often pose and ponder a key question during the creative process…
“What’s the location?,” asks Nathan. “Songs always bring me to a very specific place. So, we try to put listeners in a physical space. Their ears inform where their imaginations go. Maybe you’re cruising on the freeway or walking around during the blue hour. There’s introspection, but it’s communal.”
Vacation Manor is a band that has really caught out attention lately. Their 2016 debut EP, Girl, Say, yielded fan favorites such as “A Toast and a Spirit” [9.9 million Spotify streams] and “Careless” [6.2 million Spotify streams]. On its heels, 2018’s Everything I Can’t Say Out Loud elevated their total streams past 25 million powered by “Say We’ll Make It” [1.5 million Spotify streams] and more. During 2019, they commenced their next chapter. Reteaming with Girl, Say producer Kyle Cummings, the musicians wrote and recorded their new EP, Thoughts in Progress, Pt. 1.
On their newest track they show off their softer side with their warm and pensive new single “You” from their upcoming full-length album, details to follow. When listening to the track we were immediately entranced by the guitar melody. After listening to some of Vacation Manor’s other releases such as “If Only for Tonight” and “A Toast and a Spirit”, we’ve learned that Vacation Manor has created their own type of sound which could be described as spellbinding.
When asked about the track they say, “Writing this song was such a refreshing and exciting experience. We got to cite so many influences, while still making something that felt fresh and original. During the recording of ‘You,’ there were so many golden moments where ideas were steadily and freely flowing, and once we stepped back from it, we realized we had a song that’s quite special.”
Check out the track below.
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