Crumble Blue EP – Paul J Fox is Coastal
For a 25 year old, he bears the voice of someone that has been through life at a rough pace more than others. “Heart of Tin” is a signature start of a heart felt love to the heartache of sarcasm. A play on old school girl group songs gives Coastal a unique touch. Twisting into “Black Stars/Flash Cars” where he sings about how it’s over and all the things he did for her, to where he doesn’t have to do any more things that revolved around this girl. Or letting himself go until the tablets kick in just to swallow some more. But it has an ironic kick to it; while the instruments trick you into an interpretation of dream pop, it has the classic “listen to what the lyrics are saying.” In that familiar “Pumped Up Kicks” feel easy going until you know what it means. And then it takes on a deeper meaning.
Following up with “The 90′s” is exactly what the title suggest, the essence of a time where summer seemed to last through the decade. While melting into “Night Moth” has to be the one where even as the birds chirp, you can feel the shadow that hangs over in even the sunniest of places. I even suspect an ambiance atmosphere of “The Virgin Suicides” album by Air. Paul J. Fox has found that immense boarder of the reverse Jesus and Mary Chain, while taking pop songs and tuning it down to their level. He has done so with his lyrics while the guitar remains a clean/fuzz of surf rock. Maybe it’s his way of showing us what Belfast is like living there, with the Irish bleak, rainy balance combined with a serene almost ethereal feel good drug inducing drenched guitar.
So from start to finish. Coastal has conceived a progressive EP that came out on June 25th and progressive in the sense of telling a story.
Whether fiction or not, ending with “To The End Of”, it’s a bit bittersweet tune with the right amount of sarcasm to bring you back down to earth.
Download Crumble Blue EP for free from coastalband.net.