The new single from The Coral, ‘Change Your Mind’, is a chiming, sparkling track filled with celestial harmonies and a kind of melancholic joy. The guitars swing and canter with a picking and strumming style throughout the melodies and harmonies: it is an absolute joy.
The album ‘Coral Island’ is a tale of two seasons (see my review and interview with James Skelly), and ‘Change Your Mind’ comes from the sunny side of the street: you can almost feel the warm breezes, hear the lapping waves and the chatter of the crowds on the promenade.
Skelly says of the track:
If The Byrds, Jackson Browne and REM recorded a song together in Blackpool I would imagine it to be something like this.
The accompanying film clip is an animated joy that has a naive innocence about it: imbued with the same sense of untrammelled wide-eyed wonder and magic as the album from which the song comes:
‘Coral Island’ attained band’s second highest ever UK Album Chart position at No. 2, their highest for over a
decade. Well and truly back in business in the most spectacular fashion (it got a rare 9.3 out of 10 from me). You can download or stream the album in a huge variety of formats here.
Feature Photograph: Andrew Cotterill