The Holidays – “Voices Drifting”

If I come for you in the night/Will you take my hand or will you fight?

In a world as stressful, random, and unjust as ours can seem, the impulse to escape–to cast responsibility to the wind and live some loose dream, whatever it may be–appeals, particularly to generations that, sold one bill of goods throughout adolescence, arrives in young adulthood to find the world different from what they were promised (or, at very least, what they’d imagined). It’s an exceedingly romantic notion, but one that understandably inspires art (and, increasingly, the career choices of young men and women who realize a check from Goldman Sachs may not mean happiness or security).

And I like you ’cause/You don’t care too much/You say what you want/You go where you want

In light of anthemic new single “Voices Drifting,” the tagline on Melbourne band the Holidays’ Twitter page seems particularly fitting: “Having an existential crisis in a banana chair.” In a nutshell, being worried about this crazy world and your place in it, but having the good sense to deal with meltdown humorously. “Voices Drifting” is arena-sized romanticism, the product of two years off sessions in apartments, studios and hotel rooms in Berlin, London, Melbourne, Paris and Tokyo–a fittingly global set of locales to play backdrop to a song about getting lost with a loved one. The band’s writing filters that worry about the world through wonder and absurdism set against hazy guitars and heavy drums. A tried and true formula, but one executed with care and a palpable dedication to getting purposefully lost.

Turn on “Voices Drifting” and buy a one way ticket to somewhere.