12 September 2023
The seasoned psych-folk-pop-rock ramblers THE CORAL released 2 new albums .
Main album SEA OF MIRRORS and only vinyl LP Holy Joe’s Island Medicine Show,
with James and Ian Skelly’s grandad a.k.a The Great Muriarty back into the fold for
the narrated post-script to one of The Coral’s most successful albums to date,
Order info HERE.
The Guardian (British newspaper): “The Merseysiders have concocted a twangy, dreamlike folk-rock sonic voyage through Britain in decay… The songs are routinely populated by drifters, dreamers and others left behind by society. The songs are routinely populated by drifters, dreamers and others left behind by society… The songs are routinely populated by drifters, dreamers and others left behind by society. It all adds up to quite a voyage: the Merseysiders’ most fully realised set of songs since their debut.” Score: 4/5.
TUTV: For me, and countless music fans out there,
music evokes aural activity, feelings, and images
on your movie-screen in your mind. And it all happens
here too, of course, while listening to Sea Of Mirrors.
What do I hear?
A non-stop sequence of reflective pop fantasies, of tantalizing tunes with
a laid-back resonance and of meditative musings that cause a welcome,
lazy state of mind.
Blissfully feelgood vocality, with a melancholic timbre, everywhere.
Gently weeping strings. A seamless sonic marriage of acoustic and electric guitars.
It’s vintage The Coral as we know them, but even more yearning for romanticism than before. So they left their island and travelled to their fictional Western reality where all
sorts of misfits try to survive. Americana, the Liverpool way.
What do I see?
A pub in Liverpool in a yet-to-be-made movie directed by iconic filmmaker Serge Leone, where an ensemble of troubadours entertain, with Charles Bronson on harmonica, the drunk barflies, the lonely, the lost gringos, the hurt souls, and the broken-hearted. For some weird reason, everybody looks like they’re keeping each other company for comfort since forever.
What do I feel?
The little kid in me who watched
cowboy movies with the whole family.
In a glorious state of relaxation.
Like an on-cloud-nine Coral fan.
Singles/clips: That’s Where She Belongs / The Sinner / Oceans Apart
– THAT’S WHERE SHE BELONGS –
– THE SINNER –
– OCEANS APART –