Vacationer – Relief (Album review)

Vacationer – Relief (Album review)

vacationerImagine sitting on an island off a coast somewhere; a beach with clear turquoise waters where the sand is so visible that it is as clear as crystal, there is a tropical drink at hand while lying out in the bright sun, and there is nothing that can ruin the relaxing vibes. Nu-Hula band Vacationer’s new album entitled Relief brings these images to mind when spun. Led by Staring Line vocalist Kenny Vasoli, Vacationer has been creating a buzz since 2012 when they released their debut album, Gone, and continues to be in demand, especially among college audiences. Having spread his wings with various projects such as Person, Vasoli takes the sound of Vacationer to new heights with Relief.

Relief starts out with the beautiful mellow-tempo song, “Stay”, and with the addition of serene beautiful sounds and instruments such as the harp and the violin, it encompasses the perfect song to listen to on the beach. These positive and picturesque vibes are continuous throughout the album with songs like “In the Grass”, with beautiful messages about simply enjoying yourself. With lyrics like “You can lay your head, down in the grass, be yourself, with open eyes, every time”, this album encourages adventure and making the most of summer. With the first single off the record, “The Wild Life”, and the second single, “Paradise Waiting”, Vasoli uses the perfect mixes of harmonies and synthesized beats throughout, making the album seem almost tropical with sounds created from bongos and hand claps. His singing is reminiscent of vocalists that were heard in mellow rock music from the 1970’s, which believe it or not, was one of his influences making the album along with 1960’s surf music. Vasoli’s vocal delivery is very calming and inviting, encouraging the listener to want to hear more.

Relief does not just make the listener want to relax, it makes them want to dance; the perfect summertime combination. This is definitely the quintessential summer album. CrypticRock give this album 4 out of 5 stars.

Downtown Records
Downtown Records
Main photo credit: Matt Schwartz

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Michele Johnson
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Michele Johnson has been heavily into music since early birth when her father would play video tapes of music videos and she would dance along to them in her crib, and seeing Eric Clapton as her first concert at the age of 8 years old. Her love for music began to fully flourish when she began to take photos of bands in her sophomore year of high school and after her attendance to SUNY Oneonta, with a psychology degree in tow, it became a full passion. During her time at Oneonta, she played in various musical groups including A capella, took part in a club based on the music industry, and heavily developed her love for live music photography. She has gone on to promote her love for music by teaching music to students as young as 4 and as old as 74! Michele tries to go to as many concerts as she can, at most 5-6 times a month, for she needs her live music fix and her photography fix too! Its a high she cannot get off of.

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