Coasts- Oceans EP
Coasts, a five-piece band from Bristol, England, first got together in 2011. Two years later, they released their EP Paradise. Since then, the band has gained some recognition, including being one of fourteen artists to be featured on iTunes’ “Ones to Watch” in the UK for summer 2014. The band is able to further showcase their talents with their latest EP, Oceans .
The first track, ‘Oceans’, is a great way to start off the EP. It steadily pulls you in and leaves you immersed in empathy. The song starts off with a simple yet sweet guitar riff and the lyrics “We fell in love right by the ocean”. As the chorus kicks in, like waves crashing onto the shore, the song seems to take on a different form. It truly is an astonishing track of epic proportions.
The second track, ‘Tonight’, sounds kind like the previous song, ‘Oceans’, but what makes the track stand out is the use of the synthesizer, which makes the song more upbeat.
The song ‘Golden City’ is an absorbing track. In the beginning, it sounds like it could be a slow song, especially considering the use of the piano, but then the song takes a different turn. It soon becomes more of a dance track that could perhaps be played at a nightclub. The lyrics, “If we play this right/ we can take the world/but I left my heart in London/ with the girl in the golden city”, makes the song quite intriguing.
The track, ‘See How’, is all about heartbreak. The lyrics “You broke my heart a thousand times or more” seem to make that pretty clear. Some other lyrics that stuck out to me were “wandering the aisles of your vacant mind”. The drums on this track make for a great beat that is consistent throughout the song.
The EP also includes two remixes of the song ‘Oceans’. The first remix, by Toyboy and Robin, makes the song faster, but not completely danceable. The second remix, by Kastle, is a rather distinct. It starts off slow and repeats the muffled lyric, “Is that the devil in your eyes?”, which kind of confused me a little. Then out of nowhere, the song is brought to life with hip-hop and R&B melodies. It’s a unique twist on the indie rock song that I found utterly refreshing.
Listening to Coasts’ EP, Oceans , is like a fun day at the beach filled with tuneful guitar sounds and lyrics that flow. That being said, feel free to put on some cool shades and enjoy every minute.