Lauren Gosling

Review: Coasts – You

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Following great success with their third single ‘Oceans’ back in 2014 and a positive start to their current UK tour, Coasts returned last week with the release of their brand new single ‘You’ exclusively to Spotify and live on BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens.

Currently embarking on their first headline UK Tour, the band consisting of Chris Caines, Liam Willford, James Garnage, David Goulbourn and Ben Street saw international success and support from Radio 1 DJ’s Greg James and Huw Stephens with their previous track ‘Oceans’, the third single from their anticipated debut album ‘Coasts’. The release of the single ‘You’ late last week came only a few weeks after they announced the release of album had been pushed back till early next year.

Much like previous singles ‘Modern love’ and ‘Oceans’, this latest offering ‘You’ seems to offer a delightful taste of the new sound they are slowly becoming renown for and is merely just a small insight into their self-titled debut album. The track has certainly taken the band in a different direction to the more alternative sound of their earlier singles ‘A Rush Of Blood’ and ‘Golden City’.

On the flipside there is an element of modern indie pop, a genre that sounds only natural to the band and is evident upon first listen of the new track. However when placed alongside the likes of ‘Oceans’ at times it can be difficult to tell the singles apart,which for someone who has become a fan of their music and the laid back indie vibe is slightly repetitive a bit of a shame really as I was really looking forward to their debut album.

 That being said and despite the new offering having a mainstream feel, ‘You’ is alternative indie pop at its best. The classic laid back vibes about the band, who are due to tour with Don Broco in December, which makes listening worthwhile and some-what enjoyable as it reminds listeners of the days when Stereophonics were almost “cool”. 

The nonchalant vibes are epitomised the indie elements of the track, it boasts an introduction filled with strong riffs and melodies complemented perfectly with by the catchy lyrics, laid back vocals of Chris Caines and smooth sounding guitar- drum mix for that ultimate pop twist.

In terms of a classic indie track, it has a bit of everything that in my eyes makes it a great listen- the perfect blend of laid back chill and infectious mainstream pop that show off the vocalists style incredibly well.

‘You’ appears to infuse all that is good with previous tracks ‘Oceans’ and ‘Modern Love’ with its attention grabbing introductory riff, complementary vocal style, catchy melodies and eclectic guitar- drum pop mix how they have grown as a band and the roots they will more than likely stick to for the duration of this album.

Coasts are a band that epitomizes the indie pop genre despite being relatively new to the scene. As a huge fan of the band I’m excited to see which direction they will take with their album and can’t wait to hear more of their indie pop greatness.




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