During the summer of 2021 Two Year Vacation escaped society and set of deep into the Swedish wilderness to the legendary “Silence Studios”,a place truly like nowhere else in this world. Without reception to speak of and with quite a drive to restock on snacks and supplies, the five feel good junkies spent what felt like most of the summer in this house together, BBQing , recording, swimming in the lake and having the best of times. There is a natural beauty to the environment and the presence of all the greats to have indulged in it before them led the way towards, simultaneous nowhere and everywhere.
Something magical happened in that house, deep in the wilderness and what was caught, the little bit of that magic, is what made the embryos for the Swedes new EP ”High Hopes / Low Ecpecations”. It's simultaneously a serious and a non-serious take on self-improvement and principles, asking the question "is it possible to have both high hopes and low expectations?" through Two Year Vacations characteristic rhythmic beats, flavorful melodies and feel good vibrations.
2022 sees a new era to Two Year Vacation, and the first step was taken February 25th in the form of the single "Chasing The Morning”, followed by single "Lemons" and now the single "Highlight of my night". The EP "High Hopes / Low Expectations” will be out out May 20th on Clouds Hill label.
Two Year Vacation is the band that originates from its own contrast. The quintet founded in Gothenburg, Sweden's second city, a seaport known for its rain, headwind and grayness, makes rhythmic radio-friendly indie pop with musical influences ranging from ABBA to Fatboy Slim through early Daft Punk, MGMT, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Peter Björn & John.
Two Year Vacation is all about driving out all stale senses of the mundane.
Two Year Vacation thrives from finding the bright colors in between the tones of grey. With inspiration from trivial daily routines and dreams they make music that travels in a fascinating blend of Italo disco, rock and Caribbean kraut through easygoing joyful rhythms wrapped in tropical vibes.
After releasing two self-sustained EPs Two Year Vacation joined forces with the Hamburg based label Clouds Hill and Warner Music Germany. The result was the debut album ”Slacker Island” released in 2019. The album was preceded by, amongst others, the charting single ”I Forgot Your Name (But I Like You)” and was whomping up a staggering four million streams and the hearts of indie fans all around the globe.
2019 continued hecticly touring across Europe and with first performances in both the US and the UK. But Two Year Vacation never rests, even though the name may imply otherwise. 2020 early saw the release of the singles ”Don’t Know Anybody Else” and ”Never Been To Paris”, as well as the four track EP ”Bedroom Rock”, which also was the first part of their sophomore album "Laundry Day” which arrived October last year.
Massively supported by both radio DJs and playlist editors Laundry Day and it's releases has also been hailed by editorials dubbing the release a ”shot of indie sugar” (Bands of Tomorrow), calling it ”a direct path from the auricle to the dancing leg” (Tonspin) and labeling ”the positive impact (...) enormous” (Kraschfink). The band’s also been called ”Swedens own Vampire Weekend” (Hymn) as well as ”one of the best bands to originate from Sweden since ABBA” (Concrete Online).
2021 embarked with another piece of steller escapistic new music, the four-track EP "Getting Into Real Estate", featuring the single "Majored In Broken Hearts" which have been making waves in the indie digital sphere. The EP, being the result of locking themselves in the studio in Gothenburg during some rare extreme hot summer days, is a blended mid-pandemic inspiration and four songs about dreaming of music with a cocktail in our hands.
Photographer: Herman Aronsson (first), Max Hessman (second), unknown (fourth), Daniel Ritzmann (third, seventh), Wilma Wallin (fifth, sixth)
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