Coral Collapse: Graves

New York dreampop band, Coral Collapse, will be releasing their new album, Symmetries on March 19th, 2022 via Admirable Traits Records.  Graves is the first single off the upcoming full length, a finely crafted and executed tune based on an esoteric topic which expresses the band's great musical craftsmanship.

Lead singer, Kevin O'Connor, details in a statement: "Graves represents a breakthrough moment, a stylistic and tonal diversion that the band--perhaps ironically--felt more confident to pursue amid the pandemic and remote collaboration. The concept has been stewing in my head for a long time, inspired by a reading, when I was young, of Mexican novelist Juan Rulfo's novel Pedro Páramo. As it goes, the initial idea morphed into something that perhaps fits more neatly into an existential treatise (or, seemingly incongruously, a 3-minute pop song). I envision the song, somewhat morbidly, as the utterance of someone who may or may not be dead--someone who is speaking despite not knowing the entirety of their condition, nor the full meaning of what they say. In this sense, the song, and its lyrics, proceed as if through dream-states, connected by associational logic rather than reality. In this way--again ironically--the song actually does resemble waking life in recent times, which has seemed to belong to the realm of nightmares. In terms of its personal import, the song to me is cathartic and signals the beginning of a new phase in my life. I'm not particularly superstitious, but if Graves were a Tarot card, it would certainly be the Death card, which can signify major change or alteration (even rebirth) as much as physical death."


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