East London duo The New Coast have quickly garnered a reputation as masters of blissfully pensive indie-pop. Melbourne – the latest offering from their debut EP Paraga Beach – will do that status no harm. The new track is a gorgeous blend of dainty euphoria, which sees Nick Blyth and Chris Cheater on peak form, encompassing lovelorn yearning alongside an inherent lust for the ocean waves. Make no mistake: they’re back – and doing what they do best.
Much like their previous work, Melbourne possesses a striking cinematic quality. It’s a real scene-setter, demonstrating The New Coast’s confidence in world building. The track demands subsequent daydreaming.
“It’s so interesting how music and film correlate so well,” say the band. “When we started this project we knew that we wanted to be able to see something visual coincide with the atmospheric music we were making. Lyrically, setting a scene in our heads with words that feel slightly out of reach and detached from real life, like films, appeals to us as a band. This is how cinema and the world of film influences our sound.”
Melbourne is intertwined with the visual, constructing a sweeping narrative that begins and concludes within the song’s 3 and a half-minute running time. It’s a beautiful, immersive cut of expertly-crafted dream-pop, that only emphasises The New Coast’s wonderful capabilities.
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Words by Niall Flynn