Coastal Cities - 'Think Tank' EP

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on 26 December 2011 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Once Upon A Time Records
Rating 6/10

Youth is a funny thing. Despite all members still being in their teens, Coastal Cities claim to have a multitude of 80s influences – which fortunately, are audible but not too overbearing on their debut EP, 'Think Tank'. The five-piece have taken a very old, much overused format of music and somehow given it a fresh twist. Comparisons to contemporaries such as The Drums and Foals aside, it's a promising start to a music career. Title-track 'Think Tank' is an obvious highlight, demonstrating their brand of danceable indie-pop at its finest. But it's nice to see that the lads aren't afraid to experiment or deviate from the well-worn path; 'Transgression' is just as catchy, but as an instrumental piece, isn't something you catch many bands doing these days. The more slow-burning 'Night School' again shows their skills in variation. At less than 15 minutes long, the EP is almost certainly going to leave you wanting more. But it also restricts the band to only putting the best material on it. What an album's worth of Coastal Cities will sound like, only time will tell.


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