The Nashville-based band that shook the music scene with their hit single “Talk Too Much” has dropped another groundbreaking single that has redefined their sound, “Malibu 1992”. Chase Lawrence reveals his pain in this nostalgic song, giving us an insight of what could be a troubled past.
This song stands alone from most of their songs, mainly due to the slowed down nostalgic feel of this track. On their self-titled debut album, COIN, “Lately” is the only song that could be compared to their new single. “Lately” is a song filled with pain, in which Chase tells the story of his loved sister having a baby who, sadly, only lived for a few short hours. There are many times in that song that you can hear the strain in his voice as he conveys this memory through his entrancing vocals. In “Malibu 1992”, the same emotion is apparent in the reminiscent ballad. The lyrics seem to detail the story of past lovers, who are no longer in contact and live very different lives. “Our names carved in the pavement/ Sealed by what’s left of our handprints, now/ I told my mom, she’d love to meet you, but it’s too bad she won’t get the chance to” and “You’re some old man’s new trophy / Locked up in some house in New Jersey / Now money’s not a problem/ 20 years seems you’ve forgotten / Malibu ‘92” are the lines that seem to portray the overall message in the song. It seems that this unnamed lover has now become a trophy wife in New Jersey who was once dearly loved, who has now become affluent, yet now lacks love and the memory of Malibu in 1992. The lyrics alone cannot create the ambiance that is generated by the song. Ryan Winnen, Zachary Dyke, and Joe Memmel all aid the lead singer by producing soul-touching sounds through their instruments that the listener can connect to, which allows the message of the song to shine through and help connect the band and the audience.
In short, “Malibu 1922” by COIN is a hit single that will surely redefine their sound in a way that we can only imagine. The band has shown their softer side, allowing the audience to draw on their past experiences in order to create a deeper, more riveting bond between the listeners and the musicians. Based on this single, COIN has created much anticipation for their sophomore album, which hopefully will include more nostalgic, poignant songs such as “Malibu 1992”.