Going on holiday is all about doing something different, getting away from the norm. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kenny Vasoli, the man behind the group Vacationer, knows that all too well.
If you’re a fan of angsty pop-punk, you’ll probably recognize Vasoli as the front man for the band Starting Line. If you’re not (and I can probably safely assume you’re not), don’t get the wrong idea, because Vasoli is no one-trick pony. He formed the group Person L as a side-project in 2006. Over the course of two decidedly rockist Person L records Vasoli explored sonic territories (some down-and-dirty, sludgy, Helter Skelter-y riffage for example) unavailable to the shiny, mall-ready, pop-punk of Starting Line.
For Vacationer, Vasoli has made a turn for the electronic. Vacationer’s debut LP Gone (released May 20 this year) showcases a new side of Vasoli, one that recalls the twee eclecticism of groups like Animal Collective and Local Natives. Today’s song of the day, “Dreamlike,” is a perfect example. There’s a lot going on in the song from propulsive rhythm to a flock of dainty melodic flourishes. But it’s delicately-layered, and all the composite bits make for a zippy little pop song.