Indie-pop newbies Coast Modern
were already topping charts, playing major festivals, and touring with huge names like BØRNS and The Wombats before even releasing their first full-length album. Since 2015, Luke Atlas and Coleman Trapp have been serving up outrageously successful singles, earning them upwards of 12 million streams. On their self-titled debut, Coast Modern revel in a playful, tropical energy that will make you want to spend the rest of your summer in a sun-kissed haze.
The easiest way to describe Coast Modern's sound is Cage the Elephant meets Grouplove meets Tame Impala: vibrant, wavy, west coast vibes with an edgy, alt-rock twist. Tackling an ambitious 18 tracks, Atlas and Trapp flow brilliantly through an array of decades and genres. From the Beach Boys to Weezer, this record has hints of every sonic inspiration imaginable. This genre-bending approach could have felt overwhelming and disconnected, but Coast Modern have a certain precision to their writing that makes the fusion seem natural.
Next to several very strong singles, the duo shows off their best moves on "Going Down" and "Tiny Umbrella." The two songs are the perfect jams for slow summer days, blending laid back surf rock with shiny psychedelia. There's a common thread running through the whole album, but no two songs sound exactly alike. With the help of brief interludes like "Groovy" and "Honeybee," the transition between the record's upbeat and somber moments is made so much smoother than expected.
Even though Coast Modern
is an impressive and versatile album, it still has its faults. "Pogs & Slammers" is by far the lowest moment, a Cake-inspired slow rap that easily could have been left off the huge 18-track record. Luckily, Coleman and Trapp make up for the blunder with a stunning bass-driven anthem, "The Way It Was," and tender acoustic moment, "Frost."
If their eccentric debut record isn't enough to make you a Coast Modern fan, the duo's dreamy acoustic session
at Baeble HQ will definitely change your mind.