It seems appropriate (despite the dreary grey day today) that with Easter behind us and the summer surely only a matter of weeks away, to turn our attentions to the holiday season. To white sandy beaches, azure blue ocean waters, sun kissed happiness and cocktails by the pool; the dream image of a tropical paradise unspoilt and perfect. What a perfect time then for the Paper Boats guys to release a new track, “Holiday” to the world, especially when it sounds like the aural equivalent of that dream summer break.
“I feel so lazy” they sing, “I feel so high”, and it’s not surprising. The sunshine will do that to you, all that vitamin D making you feel all positive, happy and relaxed, like you don’t have a care in the world. “Holiday” has the same effect. It’s light and dreamy as the synth sounds and digital rhythms wash gently against the shore.
It’s very 80’s as well, like Wham playing volleyball on the beach while Duran Duran play scrabble by the pool and Mel and Kim try their luck at ping pong sort of 80’s. It’s very white linen shorts and open cotton shirts. The guitars evoke that yacht rock sound that was so derided at the time yet was extremely popular and the vocals sound like they belong to someone whose hair is a thing of beauty and the cause of envy to many.
In short, it’s a chilled out summer holiday track, full of dreamy melodies, soft vocals and a little bit of big hair and very tanned George Michael. Time to break out a piña colada we reckon, see you on the beach.
“Holidays” is out now and available to buy from iTunes.