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Meet: The Coral’s James Skelly takes us through the inspirations for the new album ‘Coral Island’, the magic of memories, and how The Coral are the Robbie Fowler of the music industry.

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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 …

To describe The Coral‘s new album ‘Coral Island’ as an magnum opus is almost too reductive. This double album is an awe-inspiring journey into childhood memories – the magic of the seaside, merry-go-rounds, penny arcades, promenades, the sound of seagulls and the smells of fast food – but it is not something mired in nostalgia …

The new double album by indie magicians The Coral, entitled ‘Coral Island’, is a magnificent snapshot of an imagined place that existed in childhood memories – a fairytale land that bristles with life and lustre over the summer months then becomes an isolated, bleak and desolate place over winter. And, despite this seasonal transition, the …

Anticipation is building for The Coral‘s upcoming magnum opus, a magnificent double album entitled ‘Coral Island’ due out on Friday, 30 April 2021. ‘Coral Island’ creates a fantasy world built out of childhood memories and moves seamlessly between seasons reflecting the ebb and flow of a seaside community. The appetite is whetted even more with …

AFTER rolling back into our lives and fuzzing everything up at the end of last month like a particularly psych-pop coastal fog with the deliciously eerie “Faceless Angel” and the unveiling of album the tenth, coming towards the end of April, once more, dear friends, once more, The Coral are ringmasters of the unforeseen. And …

ROLLOCKIN’ back in from their fastness on The Wirral, the inestimable The Coral, who’ve brought us so much off-kilter psych-pop joy in our lonely rooms since buccaneering into our world what? Jeez, nearly 21 years ago now – have just announced that they’re back, back, with studio album number ten, Coral Island, which will be …

PAUL MOLLOY is something of a psychedelic pop gentleman around town. He wielded six strings in a later incarnation of The Zutons, who of course gave us that song for Amy Winehouse to conquer just about everything with. He’d come up through the Liverpudlian scene ranks, having previously being a member of both cult buzz …

SOMEONE put music journalist and band connections-mapper Pete Frame on speed dial, because the various groovy psych-pop iterations spiralling off from The Wirral’s The Coral are like a Mandelbrot set these days and more than worthy, surely, of one of his fantastic Rock Family Trees.  Besides the sprawling, sea-shanty psych majesty of The Coral themselves, …

THEY get absolutely bloody everywhere, these Coral boys. Turn your back for so much as a second and another one of them has stepped out from beneath the psychedelic skirts of the main band to bring you their own personal set of finely crafted tunes. Drummer Ian Skelly brought us his second, Drifter’s Skyline, just …

THEY came rushing off the Wirral back in 2002 – was it really that long ago now? – with the woozy and seductive psych shanties of “Dreaming Of You” and “Spanish Main”, brimming with swagger and confidence like a young Stone Roses. They knew they were good. Since then The Coral, its side projects and …