New Music: Astrid S

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I recently stumbled upon the phenomenon that is Astrid S thanks to Finson’s incredible remix of her recently released single, ‘Hyde’.

On the remix, the Norwegian native’s ethereal and transient vocals soar over Finson’s delicately crafted pop beats and the result is something spectacular.

Astrid S rose to prominence last year, performing with Matoma and her singles, ‘Paper Thin’ and ‘Hyde’. She is currently signed to Universal and if last year is anything to go by, you can expect even bigger and better things from her.


New Music: Arizona

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I was recently introduced to one of the most exciting, up and coming bands I have heard in a very long time. They are Arizona, creating heady soundscapes, one song at a time.

Each release from the New Jersey natives makes for addictive listening and choosing just one song amongst their repertoire to feature was a hard choice. I finally settled on their latest release, ‘People Crying Every Night’, a indie pop gem them that would seamlessly fit in at almost every radio station.

Another gem is ‘Let Me Touch Your Fire’, an instantly enchanting, chillwave listen. Their cover of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood is particularly haunting, adding a new depth and completely different, darker take on the hit.

Arizona is set for big things. Keep an eye out for them!

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Interview: The Coast

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Photo Credit – Nikita Bandli

I caught up up and coming indie, rock band, The Coast, to see how they met, what it was like working on their EP, ‘All This Time’ and what they would like to achieve in the music industry.

How did you the band meet?

James and I (Josh) met in Grade 6 and became good friends in around Grade 8. We met Matthew in Grade 10 through the church band and we have all been playing music together ever since. Rowan was someone that we all knew but he was just an acquaintance until the beginning of 2013 where we all met and discussed music. Once James and I realized that he could play and sing, we asked if he’d like to come and play with us.

Why did you pick the band name?

We were looking for a name and nothing really stuck like ‘The Coast’. We considered hundreds of names but when a mutual friend suggested we call ourselves ‘Coastal Roads’ we decided to adapt it and add the ‘The’ in honour of some of our favourite bands and musical icons.

How would you describe your sound?

Indie pop rock. We also like to describe our music and especially our live show as ‘Cheeky’.

Who are your musical influences?

It’s different for each of us but we draw a lot of influence from classic rock bands, current alternative bands and musicians, a few folk and indie artists. Matt listens to a lot of metal and trance, but that’s his problem and the reason we don’t let him do any writing.

Who does the song writing? And do you have main themes or topics for most of the songs?

The song writing responsibility shifts with each new idea or song, but often the end product is quite different from the original idea due to everyone’s input and personal style being so different. It’s a nice way to write I think and it really helps to build a unique sound. The themes we write about vary from song to song. We have songs about ex/current girlfriends, we have songs about our friend’s wives, we have songs about our friends and about the weekend. So there’s little consistency there besides our daily/shared experiences.

How many songs did you have to write before you came up with the ones that are on your EP?

Difficult question, we came into this band thing guns blazing and we churned out new songs at every practice. Some of these songs are still in the setlist and some have been dropped but ‘All This Time’, the title track off the EP, was one of the first songs we wrote. ‘Start Again’ and ‘Weekend’ came a bit later after we had been gigging and learnt a bit more about songwriting.

Do you have a favourite track off the EP? If so, why is it your favourite?

I love ‘Start Again’ and I think all the guys will agree with me. It’s a strong song, especially when we play it live and it comes from a real situation which we hope people can relate to.

Did you do anything off the wall whilst in studio?

Not that I can remember. It was a really straightforward process. We kind of just went in and recorded everything as we play it and tried to capture what the song sounds like live as far as possible.

What would you like to achieve in the music industry?

We would like to just keep growing. We want people to recognize our personalities and our music on a large scale. Things like playlisting on big radio stations, landing some big festivals playing bigger gigs are all things that will help us achieve our goals.

Last but not least, what is next for The Coast?

We’ve been quietly working on some stuff due for release soon. A new single and a new music video are on their way. We’re working on getting some nice gigs for the rest of the year and yeah, we’re just going to take things as they come and keep working on our music.