Since the arrival of their 2016 breakthrough single “Talk Too Much,” COIN have continually turned out sublimely catchy alt-pop, equally built on effervescent hooks and an understated complexity. With that dynamic earning them a passionate following, the Nashville-based trio have spent much of the past few years bringing their sing-along-heavy live set to frenzied crowds all across the globe. Now at work on their third full-length effort, COIN are embracing their pop instincts more fully than ever, dreaming up their most sonically adventurous yet emotionally direct batch of songs to date.
The follow-up to 2017’s How Will You Know if You Never Try, COIN’s forthcoming album finds the band letting go of a certain self-imposed limitation on their sound. “The whole point behind this album was to not overthink anything as we were putting the songs together,” says Lawrence. “There have been moments in the past where a sample or a drum sound or a keyboard riff might not make the song because we didn’t feel like it was inherently COIN. This time, if something felt good, then we just went for it. We never felt the need to get too precious about anything.”
In bringing the new album to life, COIN collaborated with co-writers/producers like Foster the People frontman Mark Foster and keyboardist Isom Innis. Still, much of the album was sparked from Lawrence’s solo writing and production sessions, often carried out spontaneously in bedrooms or green rooms or friends’ home studios. Not only essential in shaping Lawrence’s unflinchingly honest explorations of love and anxiety and emotional commitment, that more intimate approach helped to magnify COIN’s newly heightened sense of creative freedom.