COIN’s “Dreamland” is a dream

Mary Gillon, Print Editor-in-Chief

COIN, an indie-pop band from Nashville, Tenn., released their third album, “Dreamland”  on Friday, Feb. 21.

The band has worked on the album for two years. “We made this album in green rooms, bedrooms, airplanes and buses,” said COIN in an interview. “‘Dreamland’ is a patchwork quilt of everywhere we’ve been- a sonic journal of orchestras, out of tune guitars, church choirs and iPhone voice memos.”

Listeners are greeted by “Into My Arms,” the first song on the album. It has a peppy beat and is composed of many sounds; floaty background vocals, strong guitars, and an electronic beat in the background.

Track no. 4, “Dreamland Sequence” is the interlude of the album and is almost ethereal. It begins with light string-like music, like an orchestra warming up. It sounds mystical and magical, with light voices drifting in, saying “Who knows where you’ve been, why you feel different?” Although it’s not necessarily a real “song,” it is one of my favorite tracks of the album.

Although I love all of the album’s songs, my absolute favorites take place about half-way through the 14-track album.

“Youuu” begins with a deep beat and blasts off into a nostalgic sound; almost melancholy. The song tells the story of an inevitable breakup and the pain it causes, comparing the song’s subject (“you”) to another girl who will never measure up. “It’s always been you,” fills listeners’ ears. It’s almost impossible to not feel something during this song. It makes my insides feel like they’re about to explode, just because of how much I love this song and its ability to induce so many feelings at once.

“Valentine” then crossfades in, seeming to signal that the painstaking pleas in “Youuu” seem to have paid off. “You ever love something so much it hurts?” We love a successful love story!

Okay, here we go. Possibly one of the best traditions is COIN’s creation of a “Lately” on each album. The tradition began in their 2015 album with “Lately,” with “Lately II” on their 2017 album, and finally “Lately III” on “Dreamland.”

It begins with more magical and whimsical sounds, with the lyrics “You were all I needed,” then carrying into a deeper beat, but still carrying the whimsy along with it. There are just so many (good) things I have to say about this song that I don’t think I can adequately describe how beautiful it is… does that say enough?

Another crossfade takes place during the transition between “Lately III” and “Babe Ruth” with a “techno-wizardry” sound in the background, as described by Sam Graham. Arguably, the lyrics “No one lets me down quite like I do,” are the best part of the song. Same, COIN, same.

Do you know what won’t let you down though? This album. I highly recommend that you bless your ears with this masterpiece. 

If you love it enough, I behoove you to go to their concert in Charlotte on June 3. If you do decide to go, then lucky you; coronavirus did something good for you! The concert was originally scheduled for March 15, but due to the safety of fans, it was rescheduled.

See you there, maybe, and happy listening!