Graves by Coral Collapse

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Coral Collapse is a Buffalo, New York-based dream-pop band. They will follow up their debut album, Don't Wait to See Me Say Goodbye, with a new song Graves from their next album Symmetries, which is set to be released on March 19th, 2022 via Admirable Traits Records.

Coral Collapse's singer Kevin O'Connor comments on the new single: "Graves represents a breakthrough moment, a stylistic and tonal diversion that the band--perhaps ironically--felt more confident to pursue amid the pandemic and remote collaboration. The concept has been stewing in my head for a long time, inspired by a reading, when I was young, of Mexican novelist Juan Rulfo's novel Pedro Páramo. As it goes, the initial idea morphed into something that perhaps fits more neatly into an existential treatise (or, seemingly incongruously, a 3-minute pop song). I envision the song, somewhat morbidly, as the utterance of someone who may or may not be dead--someone who is speaking despite not knowing the entirety of their condition, nor the full meaning of what they say. In this sense, the song, and its lyrics, proceed as if through dream-states, connected by associational logic rather than reality. In this way--again ironically--the song actually does resemble waking life in recent times, which has seemed to belong to the realm of nightmares. In terms of its personal import, the song to me is cathartic and signals the beginning of a new phase in my life. I'm not particularly superstitious, but if Graves were a Tarot card, it would certainly be the Death card, which can signify major change or alteration (even rebirth) as much as physical death."

Graves, notwithstanding its heavy subject matter, is an appealing dreampop song that highlights the upcoming band's freshness.

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