Boston outfit Coral Moons release their debut full-length Fieldcrest and it is more than a mere introduction to the band. Comprised of Carly Kraft, Justin Bartlett, Manuel Camacho, and Kevin O’Connell, the 9-track collection is an invigorating insight of what it means to be alive.
Through emotive narratives, quick tempo switches, luscious instrumental breaks, and charged consciousness, Fieldcrest highlights the band’s eclectic balance. They craft fluorescent soundscapes that are as fluid as taste, and holds a spot for many listeners. Led by an impressionable voice that seems to fit to any backdrop due to its own dynamism, Coral Moons’ Fieldcrest is already a favorite and we’ve only just begun the year.
Properly, “I Feel Alive” opens the album. It is here where the tone for Fieldcrest is set credited to the track’s expansiveness and, soon to become signature, tempo changes. In the same vein, “Tell Me To Run” complements the opener midway on the LP. The track has a classic build to it, but breaks this walls just as easy. Punchier drumming and heavier use of distortion is heard, complementing Carly Kraft’s buoyancy in tone.
“Winnebago” is an livelier knockout. The track’s nu-disco leverage, all-embracing groove make for a joyous celebration to just exist. The free rein of the Winnebago is carried by the mellifluous vocals of Kraft and the right amount of horns. There’s an assortment of elements that are layered on this track, yet it never feels cluttered.
And just as Coral Moons deliver charged indie rock, they equally deliver dreamier cuts. “Like We Used To” is another stand-out track for Fieldcrest. Slower in tempo, draped in jazz tones, it paints a romantic, dark-lit escapade no one wants to end. “Under Control” follows suit and has a bite of Neo-soul that comes alive through the hook, pacing, and spirited vocal run. This is a track that once again calls on the band’s versatility and strong arrangement.
“Beach Song” is a sweet composition of what time could sound like at the end of a journey, respectfully speaking. If there were ever a soundtrack for a sweet montage of memories, this would lead that collection. Kraft’s nimble vocals dance along the weightless and cool toned production for an easy listen. There are so many developmental changes, small as they may be, that seem to be second nature for the band.
“Other People” is a sparkling call back of fond memories. There’s a great instrumental and shoegaze break that stretches out the night before returning to reality. A heartwarming track that seemed to be birth from loss and overall change, displaying a vulnerable side: “Every now and then I need something new, but the records I play remind me of you / everyday feels the same like, the end of June / I won’t run away from you like the other people do.”
Though, as easy and gracious as the band plays with sound, it’s the way they manipulate pauses. The title track’s presence could not have the impact it does without each lull in the silence. The warm percussion and golden tones of “Fieldcrest” sweep the starry eyed thoughts to the echos of cries that finish the idea and ultimately the album.
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