After teasing new music throughout the week, OneRepublic are back with a new track called ‘No Vacancy’.
Yesterday, the five-piece shared a 20-second snippet which gave us a small taste of what the new era of OneRepublic had to offer. As expected, the full version is a certified bop. ‘No Vacancy’ has such a relaxed vibe to it, yet you can’t help but want to move along to the beat. Bringing the sunshine in bucketloads, this track will certainly add a little sparkle to your day.
Take a listen to ‘No Vacancy’ below.
‘No Vacancy’ is the first piece of new music from the band since the release of their fourth album, Oh My My, last year. Frontman Ryan Tedder recently opened up about his battle with anxiety and exhaustion which came to a head during the making of the album. His crippling anxiety almost made him quit music altogether. However, thanks to their supportive label, the band were allowed to press pause on things and take a few months out.
In his open letter to the fans, Tedder revealed that releasing individual tracks, as opposed to full length albums, was now the way forward for the band, with ‘No Vacancy’ being their first offering. Talking about the creation of the track, he said: “I had a series of sessions with my friends Tor and Mikkel (Stargate) in early January. The 2nd song we wrote was No Vacancy. The session didn’t start as a song for OneRepublic, we were trying to write a Gotye style song for Selena actually, but when I sang the chorus it just felt right. The lyric idea started with me thinking about my kids and then I realized it was kinda just relatable to anyone. It had a Police vibe I loved… Tor sped it up and added the plucky guitar chords.”
“A month later we ended up doing a concert in the Caribbean and that’s where I finished the lyrics and vocals and instrumental bits. As I said I react to what’s around me, thus the island vibe and palm trees etc….(and yes I realize I’m pronouncing “Vacancy” an odd way but how the hell else can it rhyme with “so damn empty!!??”). It’s not a first single, it’s a song for April. It’s fun, it’s summer, it’s a song some will love and some wont- I honestly don’t care. WE like it :).”
My goal for now is I want people to bliss out. We are in some dark times, we wanna make some lifted music that helps people feel happy. Feel connected, feel human, and love each other as much as possible. BLISS. OUT.
We’re certainly feeling blissed out. Filled with summer vibes, ‘No Vacancy’ is going to be a welcome addition to any party playlist. Not only do we feel uplifted by the fun track, we love that after 10 years in the business, OneRepublic continue to evolve as a band and deliver tracks which are true to what they’re feeling at the time.
Thank you OneRepublic for sharing your sunshine with us and thank you to Ryan Tedder for being so open and honest about your mental health. We can already tell that the new era of OneRepublic is going to be its most candid and diverse yet, and single by single, we can’t wait to hear it all.
‘No Vacancy’ is available to download now. We can also expect another new track from the band in just two weeks time!
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