Distance Inbetween

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Distance Inbetween
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 4, 2016 (2016-03-04)
Recorded2015: Parr Street Studios, Liverpool
GenrePsychedelic rock[1]
Length44:38
LabelIgnition Records
ProducerRichard Turvey, The Coral
The Coral chronology
The Curse of Love
(2014)
Distance Inbetween
(2016)
Move Through the Dawn
(2018)
Singles from Distance Inbetween
  1. "Chasing the Tail of a Dream"
    Released: December 26, 2015
  2. "Miss Fortune"
    Released: January 20, 2016
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating

Distance Inbetween is the eighth studio album by the English indie rock band The Coral. It's their first album after a five-year hiatus, their first without guitarist Lee Southall and also the first with Southall's replacement, Paul Molloy. The album was released on 4 March 2016.[3] The first single, "Chasing the Tail of a Dream", was released on December 26, 2015.[4]

Background[edit]

The catalyst for the album and the band's return from hiatus was in 2014 when lead singer and main songwriter James Skelly came up with "Chasing the Tail of a Dream," intending to record it with The Intenders, the backing band for his 2013 debut solo album, Love Undercover which also included The Coral members Ian Skelly, Paul Duffy and Nick Power. When jamming together on the song didn't feel right, Skelly felt it might be more suited to The Coral. Meanwhile, while planning to finally release The Curse of Love, a long-shelved album that they had recorded in between 2005's The Invisible Invasion and 2007's Roots & Echoes, the suggestion came for the band to try making music together again.[5]

Initial songwriting sessions for the album were conducted as a four-piece due to Southall opting out in favor of working on his in-progress solo album,[6] prompting the music to become more rhythm-oriented due to James Skelly being the sole guitarist at the time.[7] After coming up with four new songs, the band brought in Molloy, former guitarist of The Zutons who had recently collaborated with Ian Skelly as Serpent Power.[6]

Regarding the album's direction, the band wanted the sound to be minimal, direct and groove-based, with musical touchstones including Cypress Hill, Kool Keith, Portishead and Can.[8] The album was also influenced by what Power referred to as "stuff that's happened," including the death of Alan Wills, the band's mentor and founder of Deltasonic Records, in a cycling accident. The band subsequently dedicated the album in memory of Wills.[9]

Recording[edit]

The band recorded the album at Liverpool's Parr Street Studios with co-producer Richard Turvey in 2015.[10] The band took a disciplined approach to recording, in which they would arrive at the studio in the morning, work until 10 pm and then go home. Most of the album was recorded live, with overdubs kept to a minimum and the first take (of usually three) often being the chosen one. In total, recording took approximately three weeks, followed a lengthier process of piecing the tracks together.[5]

Promotion[edit]

The first single from the album, "Chasing the Tail of a Dream", was released as a free download from the band's website on 26 December 2015.[11] A signed and numbered 7-inch vinyl with the new song "Unforgiven" as the B-side was additionally released.[12] The second single from the album, "Miss Fortune", was released on 20 January 2016, alongside a video produced by the band.[13]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2016

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Connector"James Skelly, Nick Power4:13
2."White Bird"J. Skelly, Ian Skelly, Power3:30
3."Chasing the Tail of a Dream"J. Skelly3:44
4."Distance Inbetween"J. Skelly4:19
5."Million Eyes"J. Skelly5:35
6."Miss Fortune"J. Skelly, Power3:32
7."Beyond the Sun"J. Skelly4:00
8."It's You"J. Skelly, Power3:28
9."Holy Revelation"J. Skelly, Power3:10
10."She Runs the River"J. Skelly3:16
11."Fear Machine"J. Skelly4:00
12."End Credits"Power1:51
Total length:44:38[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 142
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 69
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 82
UK Albums (OCC)[18] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gunn, Charlotte (3 March 2016). "The Coral – 'Distance Inbetween' Review". NME. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Distance Inbetween by The Coral". Metacritic. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Renshaw, David (November 23, 2015). "The Coral to return after five year break - new album and UK tour plans confirmed". NME. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Watch the Coral's video for Chasing the Tail of a Dream". The Guardian. December 26, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-02-04. Retrieved 2017-02-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b "Interview: The Coral - 'the new album sounds like we've gone through Event Horizon'". Getintothis.co.uk. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Interview: The Coral's James Skelly - Songwriting Magazine". Songwritingmagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Interview: The Coral - M Magazine". M-magazinec.ouk. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  9. ^ Simpson, Dave (3 March 2016). "The Coral return: 'Success was like a runaway train – chaotic with no control'". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  10. ^ Guy, Peter (November 23, 2015). "The Coral return with new album and headline Liverpool Sound City". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  11. ^ Christie, Niall (29 December 2015). "The Coral Release First Track From Hotly Anticipated New Album". Never Enough Notes. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  12. ^ Hendicott, James (26 December 2015). "The Coral launch 'Chasing the Tail of a Dream' video - watch". NME. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  13. ^ Trefor, Cai (20 January 2016). "The Coral release video to first single in six years". Gigwise. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Albums of the Year". Rough Trade. November 14, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-11-16. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Coral – Distance Inbetween" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Coral – Distance Inbetween" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  17. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 10, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 March 2016.

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