The five-piece band Two Year Vacation describes itself as a “Swedish band making delicious pop music” and this description could not be summed up better. Coming from a country where you get less hours of sun compared to more Southern countries and therefore probably quite some melancholical moments are bound to occur. Packed in light-footed, airy sound, while the somehow rough vocals drives the songs catchy they definitely serve up a feel good slice of indie pop.
Ray Litsala hasn´t been out of France since March 2020. “And finally, last week I went to the Netherlands. Just one day in Rotterdam, because I’m too busy. But I said to myself “never mind, go!” I met a friend and we spent the day doing just simple things. Enjoying the simple things with nice people are always precious moments.
“I wanted to make a music video in person but, due to the pandemic, I had to think of a way to create something special remotely. I’m a big fan of pixel art and was inspired by the music video for ‘Move Your Feet’ by Junior Senior. I connected with Madrid-based pixel animator Apoonto and we hit it off straight away. Our goal was to create a playful game-boy inspired adventure which really vibes with the 80s aesthetic of the song.”
“Smalltalk is our debut release from a collection of tracks written during the pandemic, writing together we could tune out of the noise, I felt totally unselfconscious which is a testament to our synergy. The lyrics are all drawn from my journals, scribing my dreams and struggles with mental health. I don’t always know how to talk about it but songwriting just flows. The track has a nostalgic feel to it, written with my teenage self in mind.”
“This album begins after you’ve disagreed,” says Foreman, “You’ve had the fight, and then realize… we’ve got a long trip ahead of us. We both disagree, and there’s no way we’re changing each other’s minds.” Which is a testament to what the band’s mission has been since they formed in the late 1990s – unity. “Maybe unity is not homogeneity,” Foreman muses, “Maybe unity is people that look and think differently.”
“I’ve realized that life is nothing but obstacles and situations constantly interchanging. Take that how you want to, but I’d rather play with the changes than to resist them. You will lose if you resist change.” We had a chat with Toronto based talented singer and songwriter Rochelle Jordan to talk about her recent album, changes and the importance of creating awareness.
“We studied in the same city two years ago but she went to Brazil and I stayed here in Spain.” tells us Pablo Gil about his new series starring beauty Victoria Basseto. “This summer, 2 years later we finally met again in Ibiza for a week. Victoria was on vacation in a beautiful villa close to the mediterranean sea and she loves fruit for breakfast.”
We shot the series on a warm summer’s evening at Blagdon Lake in Somerset, UK. I’d wanted to shoot there for a while but not found the right project until now. Foxey approached me with the idea of portraying the archetypes of one of the zodiac signs. In astrology, the water signs symbolise emotions, cleansing, healing, and the art of letting go. Each sign have their own energetic strengths and these photos aim to convey that.
She has a name like a forgotten flower, one that blooms high up in the mountains, a name that makes you want to whisper. She is not fragile, she is not shy, you could not break her. She has a million colors. Sensations that would be mistaken for words and poems you’d want her to inspire you, in her silent presence everything is given life to.
Nalan means something like “tear of emotion”. And indeed, the music of the singer and songwriter with Turkish roots has something incredibly gentle, sometimes melancholical deep. She already changed her artist name a few times, and is also known for projects such as slimgirl fat and part of the group Gaddafi Gals, but now will finally release her own debut album – “I’m Good. The Crying Tape” – at the end of this year.
Sometimes it doesn’t take more than getting into a car. To drive somewhere. No destination. No time limit. Just away. On the road with Léa Aznar photographed by Yannis Nivault.
Somewhere to fill our lungs. Somewhere to push limits and testing dangerous waters. Somewhere where we can be a bit tipsy, laying on the ground on a mild summer night, connecting with earth’s core and the open, limitless sky. Some stranger laying next to us, philosophizing about the pleasures of life. We will run and climb and dance on the highest rooftops while all we do is wishing for this moment to never end.
Splashing through summer at Splash House 2021 in Palm Springs! Sets ranged from Surf Mesa to Gorgon City to San Holo. Under the Palm Springs retro hotels and pools the music never stopped.
“Julia is a sex educator, stunning model, dancer and all around wonderful person and inspiration.” introduces Joshua Oliver model Julia and his favourite collaborator in Austin. We had a chat with Julia about about feeling disconnected to her body when she was younger and nowadays helping people have tools to communicate about sex and connection.
Oh, those lovely summer days, when you hang out with friends by the seaside. Taking a break from every day life. Last Friday Bruno Bicalho Carvalhaes took the train to join some friends at the Far Rockaway Beach, in Brooklyn, NY. “I wasn’t sure about who exactly was going to be there, but I took my film and Polaroid cameras just in case.