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The Coral have just released a brand new single titled ‘Lover Undiscovered’, the track is taken from the band’s 10th album ‘Coral Island’ which is due for release 30th April.
Cutting the sweet, major-chord optimism of spring with the frayed pages of might-have-been memory, ‘Lover Undiscovered’ becomes the second single from The Coral’s upcoming TENTH studio album, ‘Coral Island’. The track is the latest to emerge from the band’s first-ever double album, painting soulful, sugar-spun pictures of sunnier days after the shadow-cast, ghost train rattle and roll of January’s Faceless Angel.
‘Coral Island’ exists in day and night, winter and summer and in good times and bad, with Side-A soundtracking the sunset-lit rush of stepping into the fairground’s candyfloss-scented air for the first time, the songs of jukebox heroes ricocheting between colliding sound systems and the long, thrilling night that lies ahead. ‘Lover Undiscovered’s hazy, prom-strolling melodies, glinting guitar lines and warm-breeze vocal harmonies set a scene of fragile contentment beside the seaside.
James Skelly says of the single,
“To me, ‘Lover Undiscovered’, is about when you notice or feel something you take for granted, as simple as the sea or a bird flying, and it’s like discovering that feeling all over again. We wanted the recording to sound like The Velvet Underground playing a Motown song in Rhyl Sun Centre.”
The release of ‘Lover Undiscovered’ follows news of that an accompanying book will also be released at the same time as ‘Coral Island’ on Fri 30 April 2021, written by the band’s keyboard player and songwriter, Nick Power, with 20 new illustrations by drummer and accomplished artist, Ian Skelly. Over ‘Coral Island’, a 188 page companion piece to the album’s vivid, aural depictions of a time and place that perhaps never was, promises an energetically told, fictional account of places and people familiar to both the author and anyone who has felt the uneasy thrill of finding fun in Britain’s coastal towns.
Seldom understated nor undersold, The Coral’s ability to shock, surprise and amaze as ringmasters of their own seaside revue was shown once more with the announcement that James and Ian Skelly’s 85-year-old grandad has assumed the role of ‘The Great Muriarty’, the record’s worldly-wise, all-seeing narrator. It will be the first time in the band’s history that anyone other than James Skelly has assumed ‘lead vocal’ duties on a record by The Coral.
Visual manifestations of ‘Coral Island’ come courtesy of the artist Edwin Burdis, who built a vast, physical representation of the band’s otherworld across a former Chinese restaurant in Cardiff city centre. The artist and filmmaker, who has previously worked with artists including Arctic Monkeys, with creative direction around their 2018 album, ‘Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino’, took the lead from films like Star Wars and the work of great model-based animators such as Ray Harryhausen, to develop a vast ‘walk-in’ diorama of ‘Coral Island’. The video for ‘Lover Undiscovered’ gives another view of the island, populated with sculpture, charity shop finds and cottonwool clouds.
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 guest vocalist, Ian Murray.
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