Philadelphia-rooted dream pop group Vacationer recently released a playful music video for “Magnetism,” a track from their third full length album Mindset, which is out today via Downtown Records. The roughly four minute video takes you on a ride with all the different shapes, colors, and characters. The song induces a feeling of utter tranquility while the simplistic visuals create a deeper meaning. The creator of the trippy animations, Raman Djafari, based the ideas and sketches on the way the music made him feel. He says: Continue reading →
The release date for Philly electro-popsters Vacationer’s third full-length album Mindset is so close, but so far. To keep the hype going until June 22nd, the band released a couple tracks from the album — “Magnetism” which premiered last month on The Key, you can read about it here — and “Being Here” (listen here). Now, we have word of their North American tour plans to support the upcoming album with special guests SEGO in tow. They’ll kick off the tour right here in their hometown on July 13 at Union Transfer. Continue reading →
Electro-pop group Vacationer has been hard at work with the release of their third full-length album Mindest, which will be available June 22nd via Downtown Records. Following up their 2014 album Relief, Mindset marks the third full length album for the four-piece. Last month, the Philadelphia-based band revealed the debut single from the album, “Magnetism,” which premiered at The Key and which you can read about it here. This week, the band gave fans another teaser in the form of “Being Here.”
Dwelling on the past and constantly worrying about the future can be blinding, causing you to miss out on great opportunities and experiencing those once-in-a lifetime moments. “Being Here” hones in on that message, acting as a reminder to live in the present in order to truly live one’s life to the fullest. This song, and Mindset as a whole, have a very special place in frontman Kan Vasoli’s heart, as it acts as a reminder to help him overcome his struggles dealing with his mental health. Continue reading →
When we last heard from regional electo-pop band Vacationer, they were playing a New Years’ Eve gig in Fishtown, showcasing material from their 2012 LP Gone and its 2014 follow-up Relief. This year, they’re poised to make a much-awaited return with new music, and today we’ve got their latest single for your consideration — a bright and buoyant tune called “Magnetism.”
The track opens on a 50s pop drumbeat before the sampled string section and chiming syncopated synthesizers make an entrance; it’s classic Vacationer from that point on, but more romantic and vulnerable than we’ve heard from the band in the past.
After ringing in 2018 at Fishtown’s Frankford Hall with local buddies Commonwealth Choir, Philly’s Vacationer — the electronic pop project of bassist and songwriter Kenny Vasoli — just announced that they will headline Boot & Saddle’s Peace and Noise benefit series on Wednesday, January 24th. They’ll join opening acts Palmas and Younger me on a show that will raise money for Project H.O.M.E., an outreach and advocacy nonprofit that helps Philadelphia’s homeless. Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 and on sale now; more information can be found here. Continue reading →
Many who are familiar with the Philadelphia music scene, and even those beyond the local community, know Vacationer. Perhaps less known, but just as noteworthy, is Thrills, a project headed up by Michael Mullin that includes the other bandmates of Vacationer (Kenny Vasoli, Greg Altman, and Ryan Zimmaro) as well as Earl Martin. Somewhat of a heavier/less trippy form of its summery counterpart, Thrills began in 2014 with the LP Thrills of Constantly Collapsing. Earlier this month, the band released the Memory Envelope EP, and after hearing it, we thought it would be appropriate to share. Continue reading →
Although I had never seen Vacationer perform live before Wednesday night, I am no stranger to their ultra chill summer tunes. “The Wild Life” has been my absolute jam for a couple of years now, and I can vibe with just about any song that comes from Philly music mainstay Kenny Vasoli and his friends in Vacationer.
But my familiarity with the headline act at Wednesday’s installment of the Sundown Music Series at Haddon Lake Park actually made me an outlier. Sure, I’m no Vacationer superfan (there were a few in attendance, however), but compared to maybe 60 percent of the audience, you would have thought I was. A decent chunk of the crowd seemed to be on the older side, most likely loyal patrons who attend each installment of the concert series run by Camden County. For example, I overheard the gentleman sitting next to me that he attends public series like this all over the state. Even the event’s host, who said he’s been on the job for 13 or 14 years now, revealed he wasn’t familiar with Vacationer until sound check that evening. These observations are not to fault the audience, but rather commend the performer. Continue reading →
Vancouver rockers Black Mountain bring their latest album IV to Union Transfer tonight. Released in April, IV includes “Mothers Of The Sun,” which you’ll find below. The vocals of both Stephen McBean and Amber Webber seamlessly blend for an eerie combo in a marathon of a song. Stick around for a while though and it becomes much more than their soothing voices — Black Mountain can really jam. Joining them tonight will be Ruby the Hatchet. For tickets and info, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
XPN welcomes Vacationer to Haddon Lake Park for a Sundown Music Series concert. Philly resident Kenny Vasoli has been on the quiet side recently after reuniting The Starting Line last year (in which he sings and plays bass) so it will be a treat to welcome him back to his summery, electro / pop project tonight. More information for the free concert can be found here; watch “The Wild Life” from 2014’s Relief below. Continue reading →
Few Philadelphians bring the chill party vibes quite like Vacationer, so it’s very cool to hear that they’ll be ringing in the new year at Frankford Hall. The project of singer-songwriter-bassist Kenny Vasoli released its sophomore LP Relief in 2014, and is gearing up for an active run in 2016. The band will perform three sets throughout the night on New Year’s Eve starting at 10 p.m. in Frankford Hall’s outdoor beer garden – which, there’s an upside to the unseasonable warmth we’ve been experiencing: getting to watch a New Year’s concert al fresco. Admission to the 21+ gig are $5, more information can be found here. Continue reading →