The Coral Collaborate with Acclaimed Actor John Simm on Evocative Track ‘Drifter’s Prayer’
The Coral join forces with esteemed actor John Simm to create a captivating spaghetti western-inspired track, ‘Drifter’s Prayer.’
The Coral, beloved British indie rockers known for their distinctive sound, have just unveiled the second single from their highly anticipated double LP projects, Sea of Mirrors and Holy Joe’s Coral Island Medicine Show. ‘Drifter’s Prayer’ takes center stage, showcasing a compelling spoken word performance that intricately weaves the tale of a nomadic drifter.
James Skelly reflects on the collaboration with Simm, saying:
“Nick had this poem and we thought that we’d do something with, like a murder ballad. He also had this acoustic, country-style riff so we recorded it in the studio and it fitted with the words perfectly but it needed someone to do the narration. We just messaged John, he’d already been to a few gigs, and he said ‘yes’ straight away. Nailed it perfectly. He’s a pro. It’s great to be able to see someone like that working, someone who is just that good at doing their job.”
Adding to the conversation, Power shares:
“We were talking about having a spoken word track on the album, but maybe bringing an actor in to voice it. I had the idea of this fairground worker looking back on his life, sort of like a eulogy to the old travelling carnival world and its customs. How those people were their own community, constantly on the move, drifting through England. And this person coming to terms with the modern world leaving him behind, in a way. John Simm came in and understood it right away. I think it took about two or three takes.”
Experience the atmospheric brilliance of ‘Drifter’s Prayer,’ available now. Mark your calendars for the release of Sea of Mirrors on September 8, 2023, while the release date for Holy Joe’s Coral Island Medicine Show will be announced soon, promising even more musical delights to come.
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