The last time I brought up a track from Newcastle based four-piece, VACATIONS, I spent a whole lot of it talking about how they sounded like Mac DeMarco. So this time around, I’m going to mix it up a touch. Their new single, ‘Steady’ DOES NOT sound like Mac DeMarco. Although I had no problems with their last release, this new cut really signals the development in this young band, and how they’re moving into a very not Mac DeMarco sound. The way the track builds on this washed out guitar line, with a classic dance beat, it all works in a very not Mac DeMarco way. The delivery of the chorus, with its honest and kind-of-uplifting vibe might sound like its entering Mac DeMarco territory, but I can assure you, it’s not. With hypnotic instrumentation, a nice dose of melancholic songwriting and some upbeat percussion as their base, VACATIONS are looking more and more like a band that is not Mac DeMarco. And that’s a good thing.
VACATIONS’ debut album will be out at some point in 2018 on Human Sounds Records, which is not Mac DeMarco’s label.