Written By: Melanie Pabst
Originality: (5.0 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (4.5 / 5) Lyrics: (4.0 / 5) Production: (4.0 / 5) Average: (4.4 / 5)
Have you heard of Coast Modern? If not, please do me a favor. Stop what you’re doing. And take 5-10 seconds to add Coast Modern’s self-titled album, Coast Modern, to your playlist. You’ll thank me for it, I promise.
This indie pop duo from Los Angeles, CA consists of Luke Atlas, guitar and vocals, and Coleman Trapp, piano, drums and vocals. After being introduced a few years back in Los Angeles, the two began writing music together, and they obviously haven’t slowed down yet. They released singles like “Hollow Life” and “Guru” before releasing their self-titled album in early 2017.
Let me start off with my ratings on this album, because it’s so good, it got added into my current rotation. I gave Coast Modern a 5 for originality, 4.5 for vocals/flow, a 4 for lyrics, and finally a 4 for production, because you just can’t create a great album without having some decent production, to say the least.
The first song I ever heard from this eccentric duo was “Hollow Life.” And let me tell you, I was hooked by the first chorus:
“Running, running, running from my problems
You’ll be sitting pretty baby, hold on tight
Racing towards a dream on the horizon
Gimme something better than this Hollow life”
It was something about their sound that initially drew me in. They were edgy, and had a real flow that not many bands had. And I was digging it. Their island style drums, mixed with electric guitar created a sound that I could easily vibe too. Which is why I had to rate them a 4 for their vocals/flow. I caught myself bobbing my head to tracks like “Dive” and “Going Down” countless times as I made my way all through the album.
All 18 songs. It’s breezy, track after track. And before I knew it, I was singing the chorus. Their lyrics go perfectly with Coast Modern’s flowy, chilled out sound. I can keep “Guru” on repeat a few times over. With this album, you just sit back and allow the music to take you in whichever direction it’s headed. You don’t mind, you’re just enjoying the ride. This is what you should be listening to this summer. Roll down your windows, turn up your sound and feel all the vibes that Coast Modern’s jams have to offer you.