The Coral have delivered up a slice of black magic in the form of the brand new single, ‘Faceless Angel’.
It’s almost 20-years since The Coral arrived as spotty wide-eyed teenagers from the Wirral and offered up their remarkable eponymous debut album in 2002. The band have been through thick and thin through this time, continuing despite the departure of Bill Ryder-Jones in 2008. Following the release of Butterfly House in 2010, they would then embark on a five-year hiatus, returning in emphatic style with Distance Inbetween in 2016.
This record kickstarted a brand new era for the band, and ‘Faceless Angel’ is continuing this exciting part of their journey. The song starts with chugging guitars which set the scene before frontman James Skelly’s vocals arrive and takes the listener on an eerie tale of drifters on the road to nowhere. The single has a hint of psychedelia to it, as you’d expect from The Coral, but it’s a dark and eerie track that is a venture into a new sound for the group.
“It came from this idea, inspired by the sort of pre-Beatles around the time of Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers and Joe Meek’s ‘Johnny Remember Me’, that type of thing,” frontman James Skelly told NME about the track. “We had this groove within that. But the song is about the celebration of mystery. The ‘Faceless Angel’ was sort of meant to be a ride. I got the idea from the Hellblazer [graphic novels]. It’s like a fallen angel and a pulp mystery, based on old comics.”
‘Faceless Angel’ is the lead single from their forthcoming tenth studio album, Coral Island, which marks their first-ever double album and arrives in April. The album is set on the mystical Coral Island and arrives with a fully illustrated book written by keyboardist Nick Power.
Coral Island represents any derelict coastal town in the UK. The Coral have declared that they want this to be their Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino and use their fantastical location in the same way the Arctic Monkeys did in 2018.
The new single has arrived alongside a video directed by Edwin Burdis. The filmmaker also created the video for Arctic Monkeys track ‘Four Out Of Five’ and, with the visuals for ‘Faceless Angel’, he provides a further glimpse as to what Coral Island is. Check it out, below.