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Jun 20, 2023
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After a two and a half year hiatus, I return to the mecca of cutting edge music, Indie Shuffle. You probably aren't wondering what I've been up to because I'm literally a random person so let's get on with the review...

Following a 2020 album release, Vacations blesses us with their second single release of 2023 titled "Midwest." Their first single release of the year titled "Next Exit," currently has 4+ million listens on Spotify. Is this Australian band teasing another album release...? One could only hope.

Lead singer, Campbell Burns, had this to say about the track:

“I’d never directly written a break-up song till ‘Midwest,’ contrary to how people interpret my lyrics, it never felt right to me. My lyrics are usually ambiguous and non-gendered. This wasn’t a choice, it just happened to be a writing style that resonated with me. I enjoy having songs that are universally relatable and open to interpretation, this is pop music after all. Lately though, I’ve been writing about my memories and unravelling them in exact detail. Almost like therapy, except you’re all there in the room with me. Last year, I found myself in different situationships that were almost identical from each other. You’re trying to find a balance but ultimately it feels one-sided and falls apart without you even realising, because you’re still clinging onto the idea of it and trying to process what even happened. For me, every time I came home from tour, it’d be all over. It felt as if I was stuck in this cycle to the point where it became comical. My romantic life was a joke, and the duality between me at home vs. me on tour was further apart than ever. To take it back to our first single ‘Next Exit’ for a moment: ‘Can I trust what I Know? I know nothing”. So with that in mind, I wanted to write something upbeat and fun yet using lyrics I’d reserve for a ballad. A crying in the club type beat, but you’re with your friends, you’re moving on, and everything will be just fine.”

I think we can all relate to what Burns has to say here, maybe minus the being-on-tour part. Speaking of tour, Vacations and fellow Australian band, Last Dinosaurs, will be touring throughout the United States this fall. Check out their website to see if they're coming to your city (I'm too lazy to list them all out.)

Anyways, enjoy! xoxo

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