Another day, another good review

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.


Good review on Prog Archives

A review on Prog Archives:

The opener… a good melodic song which lies somewhere between Symphonic and Neo-prog… It takes a while to get used to Blyth’s voice but once done the real value of the songs can be appreciated… “Burn My Eyes”.. there an interlude that cries “Transatlantic” comes a couple of times to increase the listening pleasure. “Sky’s End” has a neo-prog start but goes uptime with a funky guitar. There’s a lot of funk to enjoy. It’s a very good guitar performance on a song which is very rousing specially in the instrumental part. “Night Stalker”… Put it in your car and drive. Piano again for the closer… An excellent final for the album which shows so many influences that is like saying “no influences”. It’s closed by the best song, but all the album is good. It’s a promising band… The album shows good qualities, the band has personality. Let’s see what the future will bring.


Good review from Blogcritics

Short review of Honey and Lava by Marty Dodge at Blogcritics:

Coralspin are a band I have never heard of and to be honest the first listen didn’t do much for me. It took several listens to get Honey and Lava to sink in. That is possibly because the lead singer’s voice is a bit odd. Nearest I can find to describe it is Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac fame. The music is progressive with lashings of synth. Not the most immediate of releases but give it time and you will be rewarded.

This review has been widely syndicated, so we’re glad he listened to it more than once! Especially seeing as his comments on some of the other bands he reviewed in that article are brutal!

Ellie wasn’t too pleased with her voice being described as ‘a bit odd’ (although Christine McVie is a comparison you can’t complain much about). She wonders whether she has a ‘Marmite voice’ — some people love it, some hate it. I just say it’s good to be distinctive and memorable, and it’s better to have polarized opinions about you, rather than everyone having a bland ‘yeah it’s okay’ view.


Just discovered that ‘Marty Dodge’ is actually the estimable Andrew Ian Dodge, libertarian, musician and legend of the UK blogging scene when he lived in the UK a few years back.

Recent radio play

Quite a few radio stations (and one podcaster) have played tracks from Honey and Lava in the last month — the ones that we know of are these:

ARFM (Paul Baker’s Soundscapes)

Sunshine FM (Jeff Collins, Herefordshire 106.2 FM, Monmouthshire 107 & 107.8 FM)

Aii Radio (Brian Dade)

Rock Prodigy Radio (Kristof Culo, Belgium)

The European Perspective (The Amazing Wilf)

Planet Prog (Mark Krueger, 91.7 FM WMSE, Milwaukee)

Aural Moon (Mat Sgattoni, US)

Seasons Of Change (89.7 PBA FM Adelaide, Australia)

Prog Rock Radio (US)

Get Ready to Rock Radio

Thanks to all the DJs for playing our tracks, and for the kind comments.

Update Sun 8-7-12:

Apparently we were recently played on these stations as well:

Radio Seagull (Gerry Lee, 1602 AM, Netherlands, North Sea, UK East Coast)

Forest FM (Paul Jerome, 92.3 FM, Dorset).

And Jeff Collins played us again on Sunshine FM (Herefordshire 106.2 FM, Monmouthshire 107 & 107.8 FM) — unfortunately I missed it (I say unfortunate because Jeff has been very enthusiastic about the album and I was keen to hear him again).

Suddenly go berserk

Some wonderful Japanese record shop product descriptions of Honey and Lava — mangled by Google Translate, but you get the idea:

Masterpiece of rich female vocals reminiscent of playing and gorgeous debut 12 years of progressive British state-of-the-art, exquisitely involving the QUEEN

Debut 12 years of British progressive rock band CORALSPIN. Melodious and progressive rock with melodic lines with a focus on guitar ensemble playing freely Konasu gentle phrasing to be engraved in a mellow refrain from hard, the sophisticated pop that combine exquisitely. Talented to showcase the magnificent work also listened to the chorus singing some female vocals argue stunning performance full of depth and dynamism, reminiscent of a QUEEN. It seems progress is really GOOD It thinks ensemble followed by a gentle, also playing in aggressive suddenly go berserk. Great sound of the piano occasionally appear beautiful. This is a work full of convincing a new generation of progressive rock and even calling.

2012 debut of stylish female vocal progressive rock band with a pop sensibility unique to the UK. Axis chorus harmony vocals and mellow, that mixes symphonic arrangements lead to IT BITES, song show and deployment dramatic unexpected, in the middle is entered also to part is reminiscent of the Jesus, a new generation of listen to sound full of skill. Similar impression to be vocal, keyboard and guitar prestigious technical good living, such as strings and piano, that was also affected by Sandy Denny.

Update 30-6-12:

More from Japan (with another poor translation by Google):

Introducing the debut of progressive British CORALSPIN nova-new album.

We will introduce the used / new one of the press also Kakereko today.
Let us here, from “Honey And Lava” 12 years of spectacular debut by the British progressive rock band CORALSPIN first state-of-the-art.

Notably N · sublime chorus work, wait piano, guitar and neat flowing. -Like to be listening somewhere. Yes, we are drifting vaguely QUEEN-derived components that unmistakably. When I listen to it, is strange coming from seems to be also somehow similar to the female vocalist Freddie Mercury.

Reached the second song, it is because no discomfort at all and even sang Freddie? Vocal melody reminiscent of classical masterpieces and is comfortable.

But that does not mean that overall has been featured whiff of QUEEN, QUEEN-studded as flavor essence has been heard to excellent. This sense the effect of the maximum increase to a minimum. Ordinary person, not that.

Rich melodic lines and catchy also shade the splendor of its own in such a group. We rang everywhere in the organ, synths, delight firmly progressive elements.

I’ll let you feel the potential that so much can be expected as a progressive rock band, along with state-of-the-art TELIOF of Israel as if it were tailored to the progressive wind QUEEN, with the gene of the QUEEN.

Review at Sea of Tranquility site

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.