Vistas create the perfect indie-summer anthems on new album Everything Changes In The End, but have nowhere to play them.
It’s a strange world at the moment, but indie revellers Vistas are here to remind us that upbeat indie and summer vibes can still be enjoyed at home with new album Everything Changes In The End. Although this will only be for some; it all depends whether you’re a ‘half cup full’ or ‘half cup empty’ kind of person. The record is going to affect you in one of two ways: It will either fill with joy and make you look forward to a time when we can once again enjoy live music in a field, or it will remind you that this summer’s festivals are a write-off and this is the closest you’ll get.
After a slowly building, synthy intro we’re thrown straight into album-titled track Everything Changes On The End, featuring summery guitar plinks, energetic vocals and a breathless pace leading to a big chorus. It’s not anything new, but it does what it does very well. Teenage Blues then carries on the good vibes with lyrics based around staying true to your friends and where you come from, all wrapped against big guitars that help push the message home: “Going away for a while, all the familiar places change, you’re the same, so am I, what would I be without you”. It’s all very pleasant and unfortunately perfect for a summer festival.
And as mentioned earlier, that’s the only issue with this record – a matter or circumstance. The record is so bright and full of hazy indie-pop that it makes you pine for spending time with your mates at a festival, the sun beating down and beer flying around the mosh pit. Tigerblood deserves to be seen performed on a big stage with its belting chorus and perfectly tailored vocals. So does Shout with its stomping beat, warm synths and fuzzy guitars. It’s not Vistas’ fault that gigs and festivals are a no-go at the moment, but on a sunny stage is where this band shine.
For all the lack of the proper way to enjoy this record, there are still a couple of ‘stay at home and listen’ tracks, that perhaps the record would have built around if they had a crystal ball into the future. Sucker is a much more settled and thoughtful piece, reminding of early Eels as it saunters along with the bass providing the forward momentum, whereas album closer November is a sweet, slow-builder that with some of the most interesting vocals on the record.
There’s no getting around the fact that Everything Changes In The End is a summer festival album. It lives and breaths those warm, hazy days and encapsulates that atmosphere perfectly. We might not be able to revel physically in this atmosphere, but slap on this record, close your eyes and enjoy its summer-laden, indie-rock spirit. And hopefully, soon we’ll be able to experience this in a live setting, where it belongs.