Words: ROBIN MUMFORD
Since their first release in March 2021, Coral Palms have gained critical acclaim from EARMILK, Rolling Stone, Variance Magazine, and Indie Top 39 for their tropical swathes of bold alternative rock, which is often accompanied by a subtle touch of extra flavours to curate a unique blend of music that would be better suited as a fruit punch.
Their fifth single ‘Wildest Fears’ features brass and reggae that you won’t be able to stand still to. It has all the elements of a UK summer number one hit. Sonically, it is a breath of fresh air right before we enter the autumn season, while lyrically, it explores themes of dealing with anxiety and self-image, and at the worst of times, when we find ourselves lost in life’s lulls.
‘Wildest Fears’ is also about becoming a better person and looking outwardly on life rather than losing yourself in your demons and introspective thoughts. While the pessimism belongs in the themes of anxiety, the track is finished off miraculously through the optimism that takes a hold on things through the upbeat atmosphere and themes of resilience.
Photo: Dean Sherwood
Talking about the influences incorporated during the creative process of the song, the band said: “There's a lot in the melting pot in terms of influence, there's a slightly more sombre earnest tone, a 'King Krule' kind of vibe, coupling that with ska and reggae grooves. We've added some sauce with the instruments, it's like an upgrade of our sound with a few new voices coming through in terms of musicality. So, a lot melted into this one. We're excited to share it with everyone!”
Coinciding with the release of ‘Wildest Fears’, Coral Palms are also set to announce headline gigs soon, along with new music. If this single doesn’t get you pumped for what’s next for these four friends, we don’t know what will!