Coral - Leopard Songs (CD)
Icelandic rock band Coral have been playing together since 2000, effectively starting their career in 2002 with the release of their nameless low budget EP commonly referred to as “the Yellow Album” by listeners. Since then Coral have unleashed their raw brand of rock and roll on unsuspecting audiences in over hundreds of live shows, experimenting with classical, jazz and rock influences within a rock-quartet format.
In 2007 the band released “The Perpetual Motion Picture,” their first full-length album. Recording in Bedroom Community’s Greenhouse studios, the band worked with numerous guest artists, such as legendary Icelandic bass player/composer Tómas R. Einarsson and American composer/arranger Nico Muhly (Björk, Jónsi, Mew).
In july 2011 Coral released their second full-length album “Leopard Songs.” This time embracing the powerful, raw and unpolished sound of their live shows. The album contains nine songs, all meditations on the animalistic nature of man, recorded in a natural and dynamic way that calls Steve Albini’s engineering to mind. Furthermore, the album thoroughly denounces the so called “Loudness war,” where the natural dynamics of the music are destroyed by overcompression in order to make it louder and commodify it, in effect stealing the volume knob from the listener.
Andrés Arnar Hlynsson
Þorvaldur Kári Ingveldarson