Continuing an already soaring year, Nashville based indie rocker, Liza Anne has just released her new single ‘Bad Vacation’, expected to form part of a new album later this year.
The release follows last year’s single ‘Devotion’ and is hot on the tails of her first release of 2020, ‘Desire’, just last month. With ‘Bad Vacation’, Liza Anne extends the streak of shimmering yet commanding singles that have shaped her kickass new sound.
They follow Liza’s breakthrough 2018 album, Fine But Dying which reconciled with her panic disorder and spoke candidly about her struggles with depression and anxiety. This new collection of songs, on the other hand, reveals a stronger, wiser, more confident Liza, one who understands her own limitations and has the tools to confront them.
“Writing this song was a mental playground for me – turning pain into satire and imagining a hope-filled world with no ceilings…”
The new single looks at an unhealthy relationship, and mockingly compares it to a “long bad vacation.” Amongst the bewildering layers of the largely synth-driven track, Liza sings, “You were like sand in my ice cream / It was a long trip to see the same shit.” The crux of the song is centred around the feeling of freeing yourself from the unhealthy experience, with the choruses lyrics of “I am in love with this feeling / Oh my god, are there no ceilings?” As the intensity grows, the song magnificently builds into a frenetic cascade of dizzying guitars and synths, held together by a hefty, driving rhythm section.
On the inspiration of the single Liza said: “Writing this song was a mental playground for me – turning pain into satire and imagining a hope-filled world with no ceilings – I wanted to bottle up that electricity that happens when you’re free of something taxing.”
The track, which was co-produced by Kyle Ryan (Kacey Musgraves, Natalie Prass), Micah Tawlks (Louis Prince, COIN) and Liza herself, seems to be a suitably apt release. At a time where we have no choice but to free ourselves from most of our day to day activities, we’re able to reflect, re-calibrate, and hopefully come out of this with a fresh look at life. On the subject Liza said: “It feels like a strange time to release music but an even stranger time not to.” Known for her radically honest music that encourages people to love themselves a little more, Liza Anne is providing the soundtrack we all need during these uncertain times. Let’s hope this album arrives soon!
‘Bad Vacation’ is out now.