Toronto artist Vacay sounds airy and elegant in “Shoes,” a sweet and melodic serenade that combines a cool instrumental with sugary vocals.
Levi Rendall, the voice behind Vacay, artfully masques his bitterness with grace. Crooning to a love who has chosen another over him, Vacay sounds melancholic as he majestically delivers a surprisingly potent hook. The instrumental synergizes fantastically with Rendall’s pipes, the folksy and western feel sounding echoey and haunting throughout the track. Listeners are going to appreciate how genuine Rendall sounds in his performance. giving us a song that is full of both emotion and technical prowess.
The production here also stands toe-to-toe with the performance and lyricism. You still get the garagey and raw feel that you would achieve from a live performance, however, Vacay sounds tight and polished all throughout. The marriage of polished production with a solid performance makes for a winning combination that is radio-friendly and mature. For the most part, Vacay does nothing but right.
“Shoes” is a lovely pop track that fans are going to find charming and endearing. Airy vocals and an angsty yet saccharine composition create song that should definitely place Vacay firmly on your radar.
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