Release Date: Aug 30, 2005
Record label: Sony / Deltasonic
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Demented, fractious, febrile psychedelia? Jaunty, impish, unaffected pop? The joy of listening to a new Coral record is you never quite know which one you're going to get, although the title of last year's mini-album, Night Freak and the Sons of Becker, was a fair indication that its contents might be a touch deranged. Its follow-up finds the Coral attempting to fuse both sides of their personality: So Long Ago romps along, guitar riffs billowing like kites in summer breezes, before being pushed aside by the unnerving miasma that is The Operator, all stabbing chords and skittering synths. A Warning to the Curious drifts up from Hades, viscous guitar notes dripping into the track's inky surface; that, though, is followed by the impossibly sunny In the Morning, whose infectious riff is one of the best things the Coral have ever written.