The Coral have returned with a new album, one which was recorded in a period between the release of The Invisible Invasion in 2005 and Roots & Echoes in 2007. The Curse Of Love is released on Skeleton Key Records on 20th October 2014. The album features 12 previously unreleased tracks recorded and produced by the band in 2006 on a Tascam 8-track recorder.
Forming in 1996 in a seaside town in Wirral, Liverpool, UK, The Coral rose to major success with their self-titled debut album in 2002, and follow up Magic and Medicine straight after. Creating guitar-based indie rock with elements of psychedelia, Motown, dub reggae, and folk, the band often sing about the sea, and recreate the style of Spaghetti Western soundtracks.
The first release from The Curse of Love is the title track, a beautifully somber Fleet Foxes-esque track, the video for which is a animated journey through dark folklore.
'Wrapped in Blue', is a faster, more urgent shaker with intricate guitar playing, while 'You Closed The Door' is a melodic beauty full of layers and textures. The Coral show-off their progressive instrumental veneering with 'The Second Self', while 'View From The Mirror' is a subtler, almost ethereal experience. 'The Watcher in the Distance' is a graceful psych-rock tune, and influences from fellow Mersysider John Lennon can be heard in 'Gently'. The album closes with the title track 'Part 2', finishing with adept lyrics about the subject so many artists have forever obsessed over; the curse of love.
The album is available to buy at Skeleton Key Records now.