You’ll be in no way surprised to learn of the ‘Pacific northwest kids’ who comprise Seattle ensemble Beach Vacation’s penchant for Captured Tracks’ back catalogue even after a cursory listen to their latest, the Maritime EP. They cite the likes of Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing and Craft Spells among their key influences, and it shows in the sonic makeup of the four pieces to comprise the release though so too is the guidance of ‘every Swedish pop band’ since ever key, and never is this more so than on the song which concludes the piece. Though it’s the two tracks to bookend the work which really captured my imagination, as instrumental opener Waves whisks us away to somewhere idyllic; Utopian, even as the sampled lapping of lazy waves brush with the languid ooze of slide guitars idle as abating sea foam.
Though it’s only once Justyn Newman comes to clear his trachea and sing up – as he does most ingenuously on the all too succinct Escape – that Beach Vacation really begin to come into their own. This is music meticulously designed for estival climes; for times at which we can “watch our problems disappear; live our lives with no care.” And while the weather may remain whimsical at best, the Seattleites here furnish us with a consistently sunshiny masterwork to boost the old serotonin levels a touch.