Summer vacation: you may love it when it comes around, but there are so many decisions when it comes to a great spot to travel to. Are you looking for a warm place where you can hang in the sun and tan? Are you looking for a place with family friendly attractions for the kids? Well, when it comes to music, these choices are just as hard for the artist to decide. However, we have a couple of options laid out in these new singles which are on the verge of breaking on the radio. Call them some alternative plans just in time for the month of June:
FAMILY OF THE YEAR – “St. Croix”
Release Date: June 18 (Alternative and AAA)
First off, we’ll be travelling down to the Caribbean for this tropical island escape. Part of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix has become frequently visited by tourists for its great weather, beautiful beaches and blend of cultures in entertainment, including colorful festivals and music styles like calypso and soca. It’s also the title of a song from Family Of The Year, the four man and one woman quintet. The California-based band is coming off their breakthrough single in the U.S., “Hero”, which spent a week atop the AAA chart, and climbed as high as #11 on the Alternative chart before recently going recurrent. It remains in the AAA top ten at #8. The song has also made an impact on Canada, recently going top twenty on their Alternative chart while breaking at Adult Contemporary radio. We were long overdue for a new single and now we’ve got one that has even more potential for success than their first. “St. Croix” is ready to bring the beach party onto the airwaves as it already has in its music video. The chorus is something straight out of the 60’s with the simple yet seductive line “You bring the ocean/I bring the motion/Together we’ll make a love potion.” Rawr, tiger. This single is all about summer and is perfect for radio, but is it too little too late? After all, it’s June already, it’s going to be gone before you know it. We shall see what happens, but this definitely has potential to be the dark horse on the format in the next few months.
BASTILLE – “Pompeii”
Release Date: June 25 (Alternative)
If you’re a history buff, you know about this ancient city and how that darn Mount Vesuvius destroyed it long ago. The site of the city is now located in Italy, and people still flock there to the total of up to 2.5 million tourists per year to see the stone structures and artifacts left behind from an interesting point in time. “Pompeii” also happens to be the name of an international hit by the British group Bastille, a quartet that makes its home in London. They formed in 2010 and first started releasing in 2012, just missing the top 20 with a song called “Flaws” (#21) in November on the U.K. Singles Chart. With growing anticipation for their debut album, Bad Blood, this single soared to #2 on the charts and spent eight weeks in the top ten. Similar top ten appearances occurred in Australia, Ireland and Scotland, going to #1 in the latter two countries. The album debuted at #1 in March. The group’s moved onto a new single over on that side of the world titled “Laura Palmer”, but it isn’t doing nearly as well in the shadow of their massive hit, which combines Gregorian chants with an electronic and indie rock sound. It’s a pretty neat track that a lot of people seem to love. It was recently featured as the Free Single Of The Week on iTunes here. An EP, Haunt, was issued here recently before a later album release due in the fall. It can easily crossover with a unique sound and the overseas hype it already has, so get ready for it to erupt.
Which track will you be taking a trip too? Are there any other songs you like with hot travel spots in their titles? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.