The Coral have unveiled their first new music since 2018, in new single ‘Faceless Angel’, which precedes the legendary Merseyside band’s tenth and first ever double-album Coral Island – out on April 30.
Squinting into the neon-lit penny arcades and draining an after hours glass with the displaced and dispossessed once the power is pulled, The Coral’s latest caper concerns listeners with the light, shade, thrills and profound melancholy of coastal palaces packed with fun and fright.
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 a special guest.
Listen to ‘Faceless Angel’ by The Coral on the Official F1 Tracks playlist on Spotify.
Welcoming travellers one trepidous step at a time, ‘Faceless Angel’ sits amongst a series of promised audio visual portraits of and inspired by the Island’s inhabitants. Conceived and created by artist, Edwin Burdis, the single’s video was filmed ‘on’ Coral Island itself, a sprawling diorama purpose-built inside a deserted Chinese restaurant in Cardiff.
Filmed in debt to the traditional model-based filmmaking methods of greats like George Lucas or Ray Harryhausen, Burdis navigated Coral Island at waist-height and via camera-friendly pathways to gather 360 degree footage from inside and outside his and The Coral’s fascinating, fabricated world.
Almost 19 years after the release of their celebrated, self-titled, Mercury Music Prize-nominated, platinum-certified debut in 2002, kick-starting a decade of classic singles, including ‘Dreaming Of You’ (now on over 100 million streams globally and gaining UK Platinum status), ‘Pass It On’, ‘Don’t Think You’re The First’ and ‘In The Morning’, The Coral move into 2021 as in thrall to the self-endowed gift of creative freedom as they were on day one.
Of their nine albums to date, the last of which, Move Through The Dawn, was released in 2018, five have reached the Top 10 including 2003’s chart-topping Gold-selling Magic and Medicine which saw the band nominated for Best Group at the Brit Awards.