The CORAL – ” Coral Island “

Posted: April 25, 2021 in MUSIC

This week The Coral release their tenth studio album, “Coral Island” The album is highly compelling in its focus on a seaside town, exploring faded majesty and glamour. This is also a double album – Side One’s Welcome To Coral Island bursts with bright light and the energy of a summer season, whereas Side Two, The Ghost Of Coral Island, digs underneath this to explore its haunted, faded underbelly, as the season draws to a close. As a whole, the album is a triumph, spilling with distinct imagery that transports the listener deeply into another world.

“The wheels rattle into the thrilling unknown on The Coral’s first new music since 2018, finding the unsurpassed, metamorphic gonzo-pop five-piece in the company of crooks, sell-by-date candyfloss and plastic skeletons on their 10th release and first double album Coral IslandSquinting into the neon-lit penny arcades and draining an after hours glass with the displaced and dispossessed once the power is pulled, The Coral’s latest caper concerns listeners with the light, shade, thrills and profound melancholy of coastal palaces packed with fun and fright. Both now and then, or perhaps never as fiction encroaches on reality, the feverous anticipation of a night amongst the screams, fights and romance of the fair become part of life on the newly-built Coral Island.

There’s two sides to our band – there’s the one you hear on the radio. And then there’s a minor chord one that’s in touch with pre-rock & roll. Death ditties they were called, it was a genre of music… it was almost like a follow on from the type of thing James Dean did, like teenage fatalism. And it was a genre. And someone always ends up getting stabbed in it or died in a drag race crash. There’s like a light side to us and a dark side to us. We were thinking, why don’t we split that side up and make Coral Island, about a seaside town that was in its heyday, say in the 30s 40s 50s, where everything’s new and the crowds are all there, and make the other side with those type of songs. The type of seaside towns that we grew up in where the money is gone, the crowds had dried up and there was a kind of haunted magic in them. And then the idea kind of just snowballed from there.

Nick Power from the band comments, We dodged the lockdown by about a month. So, it wasn’t recorded in lockdown, it was before. We were quite lucky really. The way we recorded it was kind of separately almost… well, not separately, but everyone would kind of sing at least a song, or write a song on the album. We’ve never done that before. We were in and out of the studio so quickly at the very end we thought, well we’re going to have to stitch it all together somehow now. That’s where the main work was, trying to make it work.

Taken from the band’s forthcoming album ‘Coral Island’ released on 30th April 2021.

Coral Island is out now, on Modern Sky Records..

IN CONVERSATION: The Coral – “There’s two sides to our band – the one you hear on the radio. And then there’s a minor chord”

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