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Coral Island

    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 as they release Faceless Angel. Of misplaced memories from a place and time that might never have been, the track precedes a new and vividly evocative body of work from the legendary Merseyside band in the form of their TENTH and first, ever double-album: Coral Island.

    Squinting 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.

    Welcoming travellers one trepidous step at a time, Faceless Angel sits amongst a series of promised audio visual portraits of and inspired by the Island’s inhabitants. Conceived and created by artist, Edwin Burdis, the single’s video was filmed ‘on’ Coral Island itself, a sprawling diorama purpose-built inside a deserted Chinese restaurant in Cardiff. It’s the band and fans’ first venture onto the surreal land mass, populated by surreal sculptural forms, charity shop-finds, looming mountains and gathering storm clouds. Filmed in debt to the traditional model-based filmmaking methods of greats like George Lucas or Ray Harryhausen, Burdis navigated Coral Island at waist-height and via camera-friendly pathways to gather 360 degree footage from inside and outside his and The Coral’s fascinating, fabricated world. The expansive and ambitious installation also provides the album artwork for Coral Island as well as designs for Faceless Angel and future singles.

    Indebted in part to the classic pre-Beatles rock and roll era of Duane Eddy and Chuck Berry alongside the clattering of a weary ghost train’s rusted wheels on worn steel, Faceless Angel’s title evokes DC Comics ominous occult detective series, Hellblazer and the broken character of the strip’s protagonist, John Constantine.

    Almost 19 years after the release of their celebrated, self-titled, Mercury Music Prize-nominated, platinum-certified debut in 2002, kick-starting a decade of classic singles, including Dreaming Of You (now on over 100 million streams globally and gaining UK Platinum status), Pass It On, Don’t Think You’re The First and In The Morning, The Coral move into 2021 as in thrall to the self-endowed gift of creative freedom as they were on day one. The band has sold over a million albums to date.

    Of their nine albums to date, the last of which, Move Through The Dawn, was released in 2018, five have reached the Top 10 including 2003’s chart-topping Gold-selling Magic and Medicine which saw the band nominated for Best Group at the Brit Awards. Never anything other than wilfully idosyncratic and critically-praised, the follow-up, The Invisible Invasion reached No.3 in the UK Albums Chart and joins it’s predecessor in being certified Gold.

    Recorded in a sense of barely-controlled, copy and paste chaos at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, Coral Island was written and performed by the multi-instrumentalist and multi-talented line-up of James Skelly, Ian Skelly, Nick Power, Paul Duffy and Paul Molloy plus a special guest.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: There's no doubt from the first notes that this is The Coral. From the perfectly manicured harmonies and wonderfully resplendent guitar tones, this shimmers with everything that made us love them in the first place. Without a doubt one of my favourite things to have come out of the Wirral since Andy McQ.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    1 Welcome To Coral Island
    2 Lover Undiscovered
    3 Change Your Mind
    4 Mist On The River
    5 Pavillions Of The Mind
    6 Vacancy

    Side B
    7 My Best Friend
    8 Arcade Hallucinations
    9 The Game She Play
    10 Autumn Has Come
    11 The End Of The Pier

    Side C
    12 The Ghost Of Coral Island
    13 Golden Age
    14 Faceless Angel
    15 The Great Lafayette
    16 Strange Illusions
    17 Summertime

    Side D
    18 Telepathic Waltz
    19 Old Photographs
    20 Watch You Disappear
    21 Late Nights At The Borders
    22 Land Of The Lost
    23 The Calico Girl
    24 The Last Entertainer

    The Coral

    Magic And Medicine

      The Coral are an English rock band, formed in 1996 by Ian Skelly, Paul Duffy, James Skelly, Lee Southall and Bill Ryder-Jones. The band first emerged during the early 2000s and found success with their debut album The Coral [MOVLP338]. Their self-titled debut album was nominated for the 2002 Mercury Music Prize and later voted the fourth best album of the year by NME Magazine.

      Magic and Medicine is the second album by The Coral, released in 2003 in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number 1 in the charts. The singles “Don’t Think You’re the First” and “Pass It On” entered the top ten in the UK.

      The album title originates from a lyric in Time Travel, the hidden track on the band’s debut album: “Well there’s a war going on, ain’t the obvious one. It’s between magic and medicine”.

      This is The Coral’s last album with Bill Ryder-Jones, who departed in 2008 to start a very successful solo-career.



      TRACK LISTING

      In The Forest 
      Don't Think You're The First 
      Liezah 
      Talkin' Gypsy Market Blues 
      Secret Kiss 
      Milkwood Blues 
      Bill McCai 
      Eskimo Lament 
      Careless Hands 
      Pass It On 
      All Of Our Love 
      Confessions Of A.D.D.D.

      The Coral

      The Coral

        A clever mix of psychedelia and classic scouse songwriting that propels this unlikely bunch of Hoylake scallies a million miles away from current musical trends. Taking influences such as Love, Captain Beefheart, Pink Floyd and adding a truckload of dope they have created a weird and surreal world without reducing it to unlistenable wackiness. Bewildering, enthralling, funny, exciting and completely free of the accepted notions of cool, this could well be the feelgood album of 2002!

        When The Coral first arrived on the scene in 2001 with their EP 'Shadows Fall', the British press hailed them as their answer to the The Strokes. NME called The Coral the best new band in England. Their fervent originality struck a chord that kept on ringing until their 2002 self-titled debut release.

        That's when the praise really started flowing in, as did the sailing references: they were even nominated for the Mercury Music Prize a day after the album was released. The Coral were jaunty, rambunctious and youthful (their oldest member only 21); their music was strangely coherent despite the obvious oddness and idiosyncratic nature of each and every song.

        The psychedelic sheen doesn't hide a sturdy pop surface, though, and neither does is obfuscate the boatload of talent these young men obviously have. Unsettling and slightly disorienting, this is truly an interesting and memorable record, out on vinyl for the first time since a limited vinyl release in 2002!

        The Coral

        The Curse Of Love

          The Coral return with the release of a new album - ‘The Curse Of Love’ - on Skeleton Key Records.

          The album features 12 previously unreleased tracks recorded and produced by the band in 2006 on a Tascam 8-track recorder.

          Recorded in a period between the release of ‘The Invisible Invasion’ (2005) and ‘Roots & Echoes’ (2007).

          The Coral

          Singles Collection

            The heart of The Coral has always been the tension between the classic songwriting that runs through their veins and produced such singles as "Pass It On", "Jacqueline", "Dreaming Of You" and "Bill McCai" and the experimentalism that was first spotted on debut EP "Shadows Fall" and led through the compilation album, "Nightfreak And The Sons Of Becker" to the sea shanty of "Remember Me" on "Roots And Echoes". The Coral are a rarity in music, a band that make tunes that appeal to everyman whilst producing those tunes in such a way and with such understanding of their medium that critics are minded to say 'James Skelly is one of the finest writers, and voices, in British music today' (Q).


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