News: Coral Bones New Single “Sophia” Review

 

With harmonies matched so subtly to stuttering rhythms, this can only be described as the lovechild of 80’s synthpop and newwave indietronica.

 

February 17, 2017
By Alastair Scheuermann

Coral Bones, those bright spirits personified so aptly in their name, have released their first song since their last EP, Platonia. This bit of nostalgia summoning magic was well crafted with synth swells, rhythmic bass, and graphed percussion. Pop on the headphones and explore this inviting soundscape.

The official album art for Sophia

With harmonies matched so subtly to stuttering rhythms, this can only be described as the lovechild of 80’s synthpop and newwave indietronica. The hook of the chorus breaks away from traditional structuring by matching bells with a synth, which holds its sweeping vibrato until the very moment you catch its resting tone. This song hosts a rhythmic bass, which can either hold a unique aesthetic or be viewed as a hint too repetitive–but for everything this song brings, it can get away with it. Drums can make or break a song; the quality of these hits are an incredible design and would make Jimmy Tamborello (The Postal Service) proud of the weightlessness this programmed percussion can demonstrate. Just as kindly as this song came into your day, it will bid you farewell with a kind goodbye.

If you truly want to experience this song, try watching its nostalgic homage to the green screens and video processes originally used in early dreamscape films. Their combination of all your favorite pieces of indie, pop, and electronica will be likely become one of your favorite quirks in Provo’s music scene.

Coral Bones will be performing February 18th at Whysound in Logan, UT and at the Utah Music Festival on March 2nd.

Sophia is available on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Apple Music.

 

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