The Virginia-based duo, which consists of Nathan Towles and Cole Young, formed the band in 2016, and found immediate success with their EP Girl, Say. Their feel-good hit single from the EP, “A Toast and a Spirit,” which has over 11 million streams on Spotify, opened the door for the newly-created band to further explore their sound and reach. The triumph of their first studio album, Everything I Can’t Say Out Loud, solidified Vacation Manor as a heavy hitter, creating nostalgia through consistent, welcoming melodies and honest storytelling.
Coming off tour and immediately finding themselves in the thick of lockdown, the duo took that time to fully embrace the conception of what they will create moving forward, finding themselves back into the studio and writing. This time, instead of making the normal trek to and from Nashville, they wrote, recorded, and produced most of their new music in their home studio in Lynchburg, VA.
Sticking to their tradition of introspective lyrics and breezy lighthearted melodies, Vacation Manor is bringing a more refined and mature sound from lyrics to production in this next phase of music, starting with their latest EP, Thoughts in Progress Pt.1, which is an introductory to their upcoming album set to release in 2021. Threading that same needle through multiple different sounds, we see the final product of their quarantine conception in their newest single, “Can’t Run Forever.” A pipe-dream anthem about beginning where you are, yet an ode to the longing of wanting newness that everyone can relate to – longing for utopia, when maybe it’s right where you are.
The band continues their honest and catchy songwriting and indie rock/pop sound with this new single, yet there is a novelty to the song unlike any other. Written, recorded, and produced in a weekend in their home studio, Towles and Young encompassed the freedom and spontaneity of the process directly into the song, channeling a serene sound with hints of surf rock sentiments. “Can’t Run Forever” carries the essence of the lyrics through the sound; creating a nostalgia with their serene tempo and deep melodic chorus.
If this new indie surf-rock sound is a silver lining to the introspection that a year of simply creating has to bring, we look forward to hearing what Vacation Manor has up their sleeve next. Stream “Can’t Run Forever” wherever you get your music.