In early 2015, San Francisco indie-pop band No Vacation quickly received attention for the nostalgic bedroom-pop sounds off of their debut mixtape, Amo XO and their surf-rock single, “Dræm Girl”. They followed that up with 2017’s similarly hazy EP Intermission. But an Audiotree session and a year-long hiatus later, No Vacation re-emerged from their hibernation by releasing a music video last week for their single “Yam Yam,” their wildly successful single from Intermission. Though no official announcement has yet been made, No Vacation hinted on Twitter that they will be releasing a new music very soon–something to look forward to if this video is any indication.
In a continuous film slideshow, No Vacation band members (Sabrina Mai, Marisa Saunders, Nat Lee, and Harrison Spencer) are simply having the time of their life–yet somehow, they’re sad and lonely. In the first scene, they’re all astonished and happy amongst the giant yellow balloons, huge bubbles, and red balls falling down on them. But all of a sudden, there’s a change in the atmosphere as the band members are in a dark, shadowy room with straight faces. Through the rest of the video, they keep alternating between the two moods and different color contrasts. Even the objects (like the cereal box and cassette tape) are color-coded, shifting their projected mood along with the band members. By the end of the music video, the camera cuts the film slideshow and switches to a handheld, moving in closer to the band members as they stare down the camera with an emptiness–almost as if they’re concealing a secret.
“Yam Yam” is filled with mixed emotions, delightful aesthetics, and amazing color schemes. They remind us that although life can occasionally be stressful, sometimes we just need to sit back and relax. But it’s a beautiful return for No Vacation, and just like one of the bottles in the video says, overflowing with “good vibes”.