Ian Skelly

Drifters Skyline

Image of Ian Skelly - Drifters Skyline
Record Label
Silver Song Records

About this item

Working for only the second time as a solo artist, The Coral’s drummer and occasional co-conspirator in Serpent Power headed out to Berlin in 2019 with a tailwind of creativity guiding him. An easy - going, collaborative atmosphere in the company of producer and guitarist/friend, Paul McKinnell, with Paul Pilot on mixing and recording duties, helped twelve new songs to flow effortlessly to tape in just one, happy week in the German capital.

Calling on the Jokerman to provide help on a day of despair, the single reveals a fissure of vulnerability and reflection on an album otherwise written specifically for the purposes of joy and escape. Written during a period Skelly associates with personal loss, he determinedly set out to craft a breezy, sonic antidote to what he was going through. Hitting on the formula to leave painful realities at the door, songs like Jokerman and the album’s first single, Captain Caveman , offered ample escape through their airy abandon and blurred lyrical outlines.

Skelly says: “To me, pouring your sad heart out on a song is self-indulgent. When I am feeling down, I just put on T-Rex really loud and escape. I couldn’t write any sad songs when I was working on ‘Drifters Skyline’, it just had to be upbeat. Friends and family really liked ‘Jokerman’ from the start, so it seemed a good vibe. Then, when we recorded it, the entire process turned out to be great fun. It felt exciting. What should have been work in the studio turned out to be a jolly.”

The release of Drifters Skyline accompanies more exclusive artwork from Skelly, who, as a prolific artist, has illustrated numerous of his own and The Coral’s album projects, including promotional videos, all featuring his darkly comic, gonzo collage work as well as photography and drawing. 

A founder member of The Coral, releasing eight studio albums since their self - titled debut album in 2002, Skelly released his first solo album, Cut From A Star in 2012. Together with former Zutons guitarist, now a full - time member of The Coral, Paul Molloy, Skelly has released two, critically acclaimed albums as Serpent Power , including 2017’s Electric Looneyland .

TRACK LISTING

A1. Captain Caveman
A2. Over The Moon
A3. Jokerman
A4. Travelling Mind
A5. Laugh To Keep From Crying
A6. Thoughts Of You

B1. Drifters Skyline
B2. Gold In The Mud
B3. Spirit Plane
B4. Lady In Comus
B5. Silver Song
B6. Wake The World

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