There’s a review of Honey and Lava at the Sea of Tranquility website. It’s a pretty good review, despite the mysterious absence of the phrase ‘masterpiece created by geniuses’. (Just joking Mr Reviewer! Thanks for giving it a good listen).
Coralspin rely strongly on melody and hooks to create a kind of trad-prog-AOR hybrid that straddles everything from poppy bursts and sing along choruses, to intricate musicianship and jazzy overtones… Musically the three-piece, expanded to five, are skilled and classy, with an ability to cleverly link focused, busy keyboard sounds with more straight ahead rhythms and structures, making for songs which are reassuringly welcoming, but which challenge rewardingly. With a bright production and well chosen keyboard effects, the eight songs on show and especially “Bun My Eyes” make a striking initial impact and one which has pretty decent staying power. Add to that a couple of left turns in the shape of the piano and voice led “Aching”, or “Mistimed”, which lands somewhere between 80’s synth-pop and latter day Genesis, and Coralspin have enough about them to hold the interest throughout… as debuts go Honey And Lava promises, and crucially, delivers much.