The Coral’s ‘After The Fair’ Is A Tale Of Summer Heartbreak

It's an affecting piece of finger-picked guitar...

The Coral have a way of plucking our heartstrings that few bands of their generation can match.

Beautifully bold songwriting, the Scouse group match carefully hewn psych-pop to a melancholic streak, a nuanced mixture of light and shade.

New album 'Move Through The Dawn' arrives on August 10th, continuing the band's creative Indian Summer.

We're able to share closing number 'After The Fair', a straight-down-the-line folk hymn with a wonderfully affecting vocal from James Skelly.

He explains: “It started off as a take on Bert Jansch’s version of Jackson C Frank’s ‘Blues Run The Game’… Nick (Power) is really good at acoustic fingerpicking, and I wanted it to sound like Lindsay Buckingham, to take away from the obvious folk thing.”

“Fingerpicking is actually the only guitar style I can play,” adds Nick Power, The Coral’s keyboard player. “We generally have a stockpile of songs, and this one is actually from the ‘Butterfly House’ period but it made the perfect ending to this album.”

A soft, sincere recording, the melodic inflections of 'After The Fair' are matched to a lovely video, patched together using old footage.

There's a feeling of walking down memory lane, of being lost in your thoughts – rarely has summer heartbreak felt so enticing.

Tune in now.

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