The Coral - Distance Inbetween
Distance Inbetween sees The Coral return with their eighth studio album in 14 years, officially breaking their self-imposed five year hiatus. After the disappointing The Curse Of Love, wisely shelved in 2005 before being released in 2014, The Liverpudlians have put their collective heads together - drafting in The Zutons guitarist Paul Molloy - and produced a beast which marks return to their psych rock roots.
The whole album, as with their earlier work, pitches its flag firmly in the 60s psychedelic rock. However, Distance Inbetween sets its sights later into that eponymous decade and beyond incorporating 70s prog and psych rock with a dirtier and fuzzier sound than their previous efforts. However this grittier sound does, at times, veer dangerously close to Kasabian territory but is pulled back from the brink by throwing in some fabulously off-kilter guitar work. It is also largely saved by lead singer James Skelly’s knack of sounding simultaneously powerfully emotive and blissed out. Album highlights include the arresting opener ‘Connection’ which manages to sound like a UK Queens Of The Stone Age having a funny turn, ‘White Bird’ and ‘Chasing The Tail’ with its multi-tracked vocals and Santana inspired guitar riffs, and ‘She Runs The River’ with its understated twinkling blissed out euphoria. The one track that encapsulates the album, however, is the joyous Krautrock tinged ’Miss Fortune’ replete with soaring chorus and reversed guitar work.
Distance Inbetween marks a return to form for the lads from the Wirral as they have managed to tweak their formula enough to produce a record that is equal parts familiar but fresh. Some groups with feel the constant need to reinvent to keep themselves fresh whereas some just need a break to recuperate - Distance Inbetween is the sound of a band whose enthusiasm is now firing on all cylinders.