Words by Tom Farmer
Despite being written in sunny LA, whilst I write this looking at the rain cascading down my kitchen window and congregating in puddles in the garden, it is as if Specific Coast’s new release “Home” is being whispered in my ear. With soft, finger-picked guitar and understating vocals, Specific Coast have released a masterclass in the art of acoustic songwriting.
Specific Coast is the musical alias of Matt Dunne, Californian singer-songwriter. Inspired by the likes of the Lumineers and The Head and Heart, Matt Dunne has being penning heartfelt acoustic tunes since he first picked up a guitar at 13. However, Dunne has also made his name on the other side of music, working in management and concert promotion, cuminating in the formation of his own record label: Cactus Coast Records. His first single since 2017, and only his second overall, “Home” is a reminder that Dunne is a talented musician in his own right.
Whilst it is mellow and folky, reminiscent of indie folk legends such as Bon Iver, it is not without its drive and bite. The drumbeat underlying the soft, finger-picked guitar adds texture and power musically. Lyrically, the track needs no help with power, with lyrics brimming with emotion and imagery. Recorded originally as a voice message for his long-distance girlfriend, the song is affectionate and intensely likeable. With that in mind, it is perhaps no wonder that the tune was featured in the penultimate episode of Netflix series “Ginny and Georgia”, described by the subtitles as “pensive country music”- which I would consider as a compliment. Its use in TV has led to the track being “Shazam’ed” (people still do that?!?) 10,000 times, been added to 5,000 Spotify playlists and gained radio play on BBC Scotland.
With powerful lyrics, a cinematic sound suitable for a Netflix hit and a moving backstory, Los Angeles musician Specific Coast has come up sunny-side-up with “Home”.
'Home' is out now on all major streaming platforms and you can listen to the track via our embedded stream below.
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