Announces Sophomore LP Vacation,
Out 2/5 via Bad Friend Records
“…a simple and beautiful ode to healing, foregoing metaphors for straight-forward confessions.”
“Call it “chillwave” if you must, but be prepared for something a little deeper than music about lawn sprinklers and beach vacations.” – Interview
“Each passage of the darkly romantic track, each line, in fact, comes replete with a hook captivating enough to have carried its own song.” – Bullett
“..razor-sharp songwriting and knack for melody..separates Photo Ops from the host of other stodgy bands hiding lackluster songs under layers of reverb.” – Guitar World
Photo Credit: Miles Price
Following the victory and tragedy of 2013’s How To Say Goodbye, Photo Ops returns with their sophomore offering, Vacation, out 2/5 via Bad Friend Records and available to pre-order now. Masterminded by Nashville’s Terry Price, the dream pop project brings life to the deepest questions and concerns with infectious melodies and lush, often-unexpected textures. At once remarkably accessible and deeply poignant, Price effortlessly weaves hooks and harmonies that force the listener to both sing and think along.
The past half-decade or so has forced Price face-to-face with some of the darkest issues imaginable. His father was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, cursed by the symptoms of manic depression and schizophrenia throughout his life. He died in 2011 of a heart attack at age 55. Meanwhile, Price himself woke one morning with one side of his face completely paralyzed and was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy. He eventually recovered movement and his prognosis is positive. Still, the overall trauma combined to inform and inspire his debut work, asking universal questions we all desire the answers to, woven with driving, mesmerizing melodies.
As he returns on Vacation, Price creates soundscapes he hopes to be just that- a departure from daily life and chaos, shimmering with details immediate rather than obscure. Pondering how much thought to dedicate to the past, present and future, he paints mountain and ocean views in a dream pop via alt-country palette. “I’d Be Dead” features classical acoustic guitar and a mesmerizing melody, while “Memories That Glow” holds a bouncing piano hook begging to break free from the past. Meanwhile, “You And Me Driving Cross Country” captures perfectly a moment in time, with Price using his voice as in instrument, layering and harmonizing it with sighing strings.
“I’d Be Dead” was unveiled by Consequence of Sound
A Nashville native for the past 15 years, Price was formerly a member of Oblio, who toured extensively for years. As he continues to come into his own with Photo Ops, he has shifted from the creation of a live experience to the composition of a pristine and honest record, with songs that both get stuck in your head and bring you to face some of life’s toughest questions. Vacation is a human album that communicates pain but feels like understanding.
1.Once Around The Town Square
3.I’d Be Dead
4.You Could Be Great
5.Memories That Glow
6.Maybe We’ll Change
7.You And Me Driving Cross Country
9.To Move On
10.It Isn’t Mine