Plastic Picnic’s sophomore EP, Vistalite, is out TODAY! It’s chockablock full of shimmery synth ‘n guitar-driven goodness, and it’s definitely one to throw on for major posi-vibes as we head into this boiler of a weekend. We’re ultra-stoked to be sharing a track-by-track breakdown from the band with you as you give the new batch of songs a listen; be sure to grab a copy to keep the party going, and follow Plastic Picnic on FB, IG and Twitter to stay up to date on upcoming shows, releases and more!
“Two Bridges” is a dramatic song about therapy, balance and accepting the reality when something you desperately want to work is decaying. Although the song seems to have this overarching darkness, I find light in its clarity. Knowing where you stand in a relationship is so difficult, but recognizing another person’s needs and when you need to respect your own needs and theirs above the fairy tale you believe in is so gratifying—even if that gratification is extremely painful. This song felt so rooted and painful in a way for us that we dove into Trevor Spencer’s (producer) organic textures more than any other song; the piano and acoustic guitar feel so honest to what the song is – visceral, bare, rooted. I think the recording achieved that same feeling in a very sincere way.
While “After You” is a song about looking hopefully into a new future after loss, I also think there’s so much anxiety in the song. Because it is a single, we consciously wanted to incorporate that catchy, escapist feel, but lyrically it conveys so much psychological conflict. When this unknown view in your future is both terrifying and attractive, there’s so much uncertainty. It’s important to respect what created that view and also respect the past and how it built the person you are, letting yourself look forward, diving into the future with an optimistic view, no matter how broken you may feel.
This a song about guilt and regret. While a breakup is never easy, this song is a confession – directly about the pain involved in that process. It’s a plea with yourself to not make the same mistakes in the future, that may lead to something great being destroyed.
“Vistalite” is a bit of an anomaly for us. Where most of our songs take months or longer to form into a collective structure everyone agrees on, “Vistalite” happened quickly and in a visceral way. We went into a recording session with the goal to spontaneously create a song in one night, and this song is the result. It was written during a period of feeling confident, in the healthy way of “I know who I am and am very comfortable in that identity” – something I’ve been lacking in recent years. It’s a sense of clarity, even if that clarity isn’t very positive, but having the certainty of who you are.
The lyrics for “Cradles” were written years ago. It’s a song about a very close friend of mine who overdosed and passed away. The song is sympathizing with the addict, recognizing addiction is a real, tragic disease that steals people from themselves. Losing a friend made me realize not only how real it is, but how our culture needs to focus on helping the people that have problems instead of ignoring them.
Juno Loves You
“Juno Love You” was written in a fairly manic state compared to the rest of the record. It was written quickly in a very vulnerable moment and I hope that translates to the listener. When you lose someone you care about, it can create this frantic, emotional state and I wanted to really capture that in a cathartic way. When something very emotional happens to you, it’s not fair to try and deal with it in an appropriate way – you have to be honest with yourself, with your heart, and that doesn’t always translate logically.
“Golden Days” is the only song on the record that was untouched by outside influence. Lincoln and I recorded and mixed this song ourselves. It’s about my best friend and how even if things aren’t aligned with each other right now, my devotion and trust in the future for both of us, whether that’s together or not, is strong. I felt too protective of this particular song to allow outside influences to be involved, which is why it’s only being offered as a vinyl exclusive track. It’s an honest and hopeful love note.