The songs on the debut album from Vacationer move like musical Rube Goldberg machines. Slow-rolling percussion topples tiny blips of guitar in "No Rules," gently swiveling guitar trigger Christmas-light synths in "Gone," and a tumbling electro-harp kicks open the door to let in a ghost choir on "Dreamlike." The pleading voice at the center of these million moving parts belongs to Kenny Vasoli, who croons about romantic regrets and his ache for escape as synth lines sparkle and guitars spiderweb. At times, the music recalls the wistful indiepop of The Shins, but Vasoli is more forlorn and his music is crammed with more tiny details. It's the sound of a lonely boy in his bedroom, building elaborate sonic contraptions and watching wide-eyed as they clatter and buzz.
Listen To Vacationer's "Gone":
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