With every track he releases, I find myself getting caught up in the purity of Augustine’s vocals. His stunningly unique falsetto, cut and sharpened to a razor’s edge, when placed adjacent to his thoughtful narratives, feels nothing short of visceral and otherworldly. Earlier this week, the twenty-three year old Gothenburg-based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist released an absolutely stunning stripped-back, electric piano driven version of his most recent track “Coast,” the studio version originally shared back in May, and these vocals take center stage once again.
Though his past singles “Guts” and “Picking Up Speed” both comment on the thrilling and sometimes confusing and frustrating nature of past relationships, “Coast” instead has him a bit more simple and introspective. Earlier this week, Augustine explained the meaning behind the track:
“Coast” is a song about loneliness and a longing to understand this world a little better. I was confused and jealous of everything I laid my eyes on when I wrote it. And I often get struck by this feeling about wanting to escape from myself and from my body when I’m feeling down. I guess it comes down to the desire to have someone by your side who understands you and all your weird thoughts.
The stripped back version of “Coast” seems to express these ideas even more eloquently, with a heavy, gorgeous immediacy that still feels as light and airy as the setting it was filmed in. His vocals, effervescent and earnest, are even more pronounced, lifting high above the piano rather than being nestled underneath it. He cycles between annoyance and contemplation, admitting “I cursed the lovers and the fools that rushed in,” and going out of his way to scorn little things around him, saying he spent mornings with his “stomach turning,” but once the day ends, he falls into sad resignation; ultimately, he just wants every “evening to be over,” and admits he just “needs someone to call,” someone that’ll understand – something that deep down, we know we all want more than anything.
“Coast” is out now.
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