by Bill Pearis

The Coral
The Coral

It's been five years since we've heard anything new from The Coral, but they're now back and will release their eighth studio album, Distance Inbetween, via Ignition Records on March 4. The Coral's last album was 2010's lush, sparkling, paisley pop Butterfly House -- my #18 album of that year, stream album via YouTube below. (2014 saw the release of The Curse of Love which was recorded in 2005.) For the new one they've apparently taken a more on-the-fly approach. Says frontman James Skelly:

Before we started making the album we had discussed that we wanted it to be more minimal and rhythmical. “We thought ‘if you've got a rhythm section that’s been playing together for almost twenty years, why not make that the centre of the songs?

There hasn't been a song released from Distance Inbetween yet, but you can watch a teaser trailer, check out album art and tracklist, as well as a list of 2016 UK/UE tour dates, below.

Bill Ryder-Jones
Bill Ryder-Jones

Meanwhile, former Coral member (and sometimes member of Arctic Monkeys' live lineup) Bill Ryder-Jones just released his third solo album, West Kirby County Primary, via Domino. It's rough-hewn, literate guitar pop -- he's adept at a hook and a turn-of-phrase -- that really shows off his skill as a songwriter. You can watch videos for "Catharine and Huskisson," "Two To Birkenhead" and "Satellites" and stream the album via Spotify, as well as check out his upcoming tour schedule below.

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The Coral

The Coral - Distance Inbetween tracklist:
1. Connector
2. White Bird
3. Chasing The Tail Of A Dream
4. Distance Inbetween
5. Million Eyes
6. Miss Fortune
7. Beyond The Sun
8. It’s You
9. Holy Revelation
10. She Runs The River
11. Fear Machine
12. End Credits

The Coral - 2016 Tour Dates
Fri 4th March Newcastle Riverside
Sat 5th March Glasgow O2 ABC
Mon 7th March Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tues 8th March Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thurs 10th March Birmingham O2 Institute2
Fri 11th March Sheffield Leadmill
Sat 12th March Manchester Albert Hall
Tues 15th March Oxford O2 Academy 2
Wed 16th March London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Fri 8th April Amsterdam Melkweg
Sat 9th April Cologne Luxor
Sun 10th April Hamburg Knust
Tues 12th April Berlin Lido
Sun 29th May Liverpool Sound City –

Bill Ryder-Jones - 2015/2016 Tour Dates
26th November - Nottingham - Bodega Social
3rd December - Bristol - Louisiana
4th December - Birmingham - Rainbow
9th December - Ramsgate - Ramsgate Music Hall
10th December - Paris - Winter Camp Festival
12th December - Lille - Winter Camp Festival
31st January - San Sebastian - Music Box Festibala
3rd March - London - Scala
4th March - Manchester - Deaf Institute
* with Spector