Review on MetalTalk (okay we’re not metal, but they saw fit to review it anyway):
Coralspin’s debut album, ‘Honey And Lava’, is everything its title suggests, giving anyone who listens to it a lovely sweet-melty-warm feeling inside. The band is technically very proficient and the instrumentals are tight and engaging, but what really sets them apart is vocalist Ellie Blythe’s unique voice… Their sound has that same weird ethereal quality pioneered by Jefferson Airplane, with Blythe’s dulcet mezzo blending in and out of the complex instrumental harmonies like some kind of slippery sea beast. There are moments when you feel like you’ve zipped right back in time as the band touches on Genesis-esque electronica progressions, but the nostalgia is tempered by the occasional modern twist and subtle light rock motifs… ‘Sons Of The Sleeping Giant’… There is a nice, catchy drum/guitar riff throughout, and interesting harpsichord keyboard effects that make this one of the edgier highlights of the record… ‘You’re Wrong’ is a lovely progressive lilt with a strangely brilliant synth solo and one of Blythe’s best vocal performances. The chorus – “Even though you’re wrong / I’ll give you credit for playing along” – is neat and effective in its simplicity… ‘Sky’s End’ wouldn’t have sounded altogether out of place in an episode of Magnum P.I. (one of the best episodes of the show played the entirety of Genesis’ ‘Mama’ during a chase scene in what can only be described as a seminal TV moment). A middle section featuring some exciting, almost folky progressive instrumentals and a neat little guitar solo makes this one of the best tracks on the record. ‘Songbird’: This piano-heavy tune is a minimalist lament, with all the rich textures of the other tracks stripped right back to expose Blythe’s unique vocals. Her voice is unusually rounded and full, mainly lingering in the lower register to create a smoothly honeyed effect that at times sounds hauntingly inhuman… The persistent, catchy riffs of ‘Night Stalker’ make it one of Coralspin’s more immediately accessible tracks, and it features a nice, lightly distorted guitar solo that brings a little grit to the table. ‘Aching’: The piano/vocal lead-in to this track is reminiscent of Kate Bush (the band name her as one of their many inspirations), and there are some cute jazz turns from the piano that lend it a quirky feel… To sum up, this is a solid debut from Coralspin, with lots of the truly sublime moments we’ve come to expect from a decent progressive outfit.