Single: Vacations – Close Quarters

Tomorrow, platinum-selling Australian band Vacations announces their long-awaited new album, No Place Like Home, will be released on January 12, 2024. The upcoming record follows an intense period of transformation for the lead singer Campbell Burns, who was diagnosed with Pure OCD (or “Pure O”), a subtype of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder marked by intrusive, unwanted, and uncontrollable thoughts. His experiences learning to live with this while touring the world informed the record, which also engages in nuanced discussions around personal growth and sexuality. He adds, “I found it extremely difficult to write anything for years. I didn’t know what Vacations’ voice was anymore, or even my own in a day-to-day sense. I had to find a way to fall back in love with music and so much else in my life, or I knew I would simply cease to exist.”

Following 2020’s Forever In Bloom LP, No Place Like Home finds the Newcastle DIY outfit comprised of Burns and bandmates Jake Johnson, Nate Delizzotti, and Joseph Van Lier, expanding their trademark melodic indie rock to new sonic horizons. The first Vacations record to be produced by Campbell Burns and an outside producer, John Velasquez (Zella Day, Broods), it comprises 10 shimmering tracks brimming with indie-pop hooks and just a touch of bittersweet sensitivity.  “I had this loose concept of No Place Like Home being an Americana-influenced album,” Campbell says of the album’s sonic inspirations. “I wanted to incorporate more pianos, acoustic guitars, Nashville tuning, and country-inspired lap steel, but then also bringing in drum machines and synths and finding a mix between the two.” The album will also feature recent singles, “Terms & Conditions,” “Midwest,” and the buzzy radio single, “Next Exit,” which has over nine million streams and airplay on SiriusXMU, including a two-week stint at #1.

To celebrate the news, they share the blissful new single, “Close Quarters,” with dreamy vocals layered over surf rock guitars and a driving beat. When asked about the track, Campbell explains, “I was feeling burnt out from the music industry and touring, to the point where I wasn’t even sure what the project was anymore. Despite it all, I could never make a decision, even when it was on my mind all day. There was always that curiosity to see what could happen next, to see if my feelings would change. I came out the other side feeling more passionate than ever; it just took time for those feelings to pass as we entered a new era that involved a lot of growing pains. ‘Close Quarters’ is about that time just before feeling okay, where I felt like I wanted to burn everything and let it fade away.”

I guess there is no further introduction to the band, the band is quite popular, so this is just a post for myself that I quite enjoyed this new single it is quite catchy. It has a nice summer vibe and I am enjoying to have such an atmosphere in the middle of Fall or in general.

Just enjoy this one and check the band out if you are not familiar with them.

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