Vacationer's Relief, the Philadelphia group's second LP, is clear in both title and intention. If Gone, the sunny electronic-pop act's 2012 debut, was about escape – whether through travel, photography or toasted sonic bliss – Relief unspools the strings of our wound-up existence with a cinematic wallop of positivity-oozing pop.
A collaboration between Kenny Vasoli and Body Language's Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler, Vacationer returns tighter and more powerful after spending the last two years touring with groups like Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Naked And Famous, Tennis, and Niki And The Dove, as well as making numerous festival appearances.
"Playing so many shows is probably our biggest influence on this album," says Vasoli. "Being out there every night with our wonderful fans and on the road everyday with Matt making beats next to me led to a deeper, more immediate energy in our music."
Relief, which was primarily recorded at Body Language's Landau Audio Design (LAD) studio in Brooklyn over the last year, is Vacationer gone widescreen. The kaleidoscopic, sampledelic world that intoxicated fans on original singles like "Trip" is still there, but the orchestration has become more muscular and expansive. Lead single "The Wild Life" mixes the influence of The Beach Boys, J. Dilla and LCD Soundsystem into a sonic mai tai. Animal Collective meets Hollywood's golden age on "Heavenly," while "Paradise Waiting" catapults the soulful chop of De La Soul into a club-ready summer anthem.
"Whether through love, exploration or relaxing, we all strive for relief," says Vasoli. "It's just a quick flip-of-the-switch away, and think it's good to be reminded of that."

Having used the same escape hatch from Utah as fellow Provo natives the Moth & the Flame, Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll have played in L.A. bands such as Eyes Lips Eyes and SWIMM. Now singer-guitarist Petersen is debuting his own project, Sego, and judging from the first single "20 Years Tall," it ought to bring all the early-Aughts dance-punk fans out of the woodwork. Wiry and wry, the song has drawn immediate comparisons to Bloc Party and LCD Soundsystem, but it deftly stays away from formula, not wearing out the chorus' welcome and injecting a surprising breakdown 2 1/2 minutes in. Mike Goldman and Mike Griffin will join Petersen and Carroll to round out the live lineup. More, please. - Buzz Bands LA

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