The Coral have broken their two-year silence to announce the long overdue release of their 8-year-old album The Curse of Love, due out through digital services in the next couple weeks. According to the band’s Facebook page, the effort was recorded on an 8-track setup in their rehearsal room between 2005 and 2007. That makes it the missing link between two other records, The Invisible Invasion and Roots and Echoes.
Appropriately enough, Portishead’s Geoff Barrow — one of the producers behind The Invisible Invasion — recently premiered a song from the shelved LP on a BBC Radio 6 show. Available below — along with what appears to the album’s title track — “Wrapped In Blue” is a soft-focused affair featuring a twitchy, groove-locked backing track that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Radiohead album.
One of the main reasons for the delay could be as simple as a lineup change. In 2005, guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones left the group briefly, and while he was away, they wrote The Curse of Love. When Ryder-Jones rejoined, they scrapped it entirely and started working on Roots & Echoes.
As for whether this means the Coral’s hiatus will soon be broken, bassist Paul Duffy told the NME last year, “I don’t know. There just has to be a demand for it, people have to decide they want it. For now, we’re on a break. That might last until next month. It could be five years.”