Contemporary synth-pop connoisseurs Radio On have returned with the formidable Coast, a lively, atmospheric delight which is sure to only increase their growing reputation.
The London four-piece have never shied from their fascination with the 80s as a musical era, entangling the period’s electronic playfulness with the profundity of 21st century indie-rock. Coast is a fine example of this approach, managing to enclose both sincere, emotional depth and feel-good reverberations within its three and a half minute running time.
‘We don’t need anybody / You pick me up and put a jump in me / heart-beating hold me close and we’ll just coast’ chimes frontman Sam Hayward during the chorus. Radio On know how to write a hook, and during this is where the song’s at its strongest, managing to sound both Pet Shop Boys and Phoenix in audible unification – it’s simultaneously earnest and fun. The video, too, also heralds to a time bygone with its impishly minimal visuals.
‘We felt Eliot (the video director) had perfectly captured the mood of the song with the free flow of images and focus on intricate movements’ remarked the band, ‘it’s clear that he’s somehow captured the strength of our unit and our closeness’.
Coast has all of the pop song ingredients to push Radio On further into mainstream consciousness, whilst staying true to the yearning nostalgics. It’s driving, rhythmic and fun.
Words by Niall Flynn