COIN Dreamland

COIN released their third studio album and first pop album, “Dreamland,” on Feb. 21. The album is comprised of 14 songs that successfully transition the band from their former alternative sound into the realm of pop.

Indie pop band COIN released their third studio album, “Dreamland,” on Feb. 21, touching on themes of love, moving-on and spirituality.

“Dreamland” is the Tennessee trio’s first pop album, seeming to be a natural transition from the group’s first two albums, “COIN” and “How Will You Know If You Never Try” released under the alternative genre.

Originally teased on Instagram in 2018, “Into My Arms,” the album’s first track, opens with a gritty kick drum that transitions into a tasteful synth solo that I instantly loved.

“I Want It All,” the album’s second track and third single, originally released Jan. 10, explores Lawrence’s emotional needs in his relationships. I enjoyed the honesty and transparency of the lyrics, “And I want it all, I want it all // Or nothing at all,” as holding an ultimatum in relationships can end up toxic.

The album’s third track, “Simple Romance,” features a ruch production and catchy chorus that piqued my interest in the album since its original release as a single on Oct. 12, 2018.

“Crash My Car,” the album’s fourth track, is reminiscent of COIN’s sound on their EP “Saturdays,” released in Sept. 2012. I immediately fell in love with the lyrics, “I love the way you’re breaking my heart,” as I can relate to staying in a fruitless relationship because it feels right in the moment.

An interlude of sorts, “Dreamland Sequence,” the album’s fifth track, was cinematic and dreamy. This track falls into my playlist of songs I wish were twice as long, as they create the perfect atmosphere for me to reflect and think. The vocals at the end of the song, “I wanna be here, I wanna love here,” felt bittersweet.

“Cemetery,” the album’s sixth track and second single, originally released Nov. 18, 2018, is upbeat and positive. Greatly contrasting from the album’s previous track, this song’s traditional pop chorus seemed repetitive, and it failed to measure up to my favorites on the album.

Possibly my favorite off the album, “Youuu,” caught my attention with its use of heavy synths and romanticized vocals. Not only did I love the raw pre-chorus vocals, “She moves just like you // And she tastes just like you,” I enjoyed the production’s hazy tone.

“Valentine,” the album’s eighth track and seventh single, originally released Feb. 13, describes losing control when in love. I relate to this song on another level; the lyrics, “You ever love something so much it hurts?,” could not describe me more. Reminding me of LANY’s summerlike sound and playful lyrics, this song definitely earns a spot on my playlist.

“Nobody’s Baby,” the album’s ninth track, initially reminded me of the vocals in Two Door Cinema Club’s, “I Can Talk,” released in November 2009. The track describes a coming-of-age theme with the lyrics, “I feel like I want something else // So I cut my hair // And I sleep in my car.”

“Never Change” sounds very similar to The Strokes’ style with its monotonous vocals. I enjoyed the ‘80s rhythm and romantic lyrics this track offered, like, “You’re across the room // But we’re miles apart.”

“Lately III,” the album’s 11th track, sees a slow build of frenzied sounds that somehow blend seamlessly together. The lyrics, “You were all I needed // For a second, you were all I needed,” align with the album’s theme of letting love for someone take over completely – an experience that can happen to many of us.

“Babe Ruth” is very ‘80s, using techno beats and swanky synths that I really enjoyed. Inspired by young love, the lyrics, “Baby, come on, love like you used to // Oh, that’s how I want you,” describe the struggle of moving on.

“Heaven Hearted,” the album’s 13th track, was instrumentally driven like a film soundtrack, with its incorporation of dreamy acoustics and thoughtful vocals. Lasting just over one minute, this track is one of the album’s hidden gems.

The album’s final track, “Let It All Out,” was the most singer-songwriter on the album, reminding me of ROLE MODEL’s EP, “oh, how perfect,” released in November 2019. A standout part of the track were the lyrics, “Jesus, are You listening? // If you have a plan, can You fill me in?,” as my walk with Christ can be confusing at times too.

COIN’s transition into pop music created an unforgettable album that left me obsessed with all of their music. I would recommend “Dreamland” to people of all ages, but especially college students, as it seemed very youthful and coming-of-age.

Raegan Holland is a staff reporter for The Arkansas Traveler.

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