Following a string of highly praised singles, Korallreven released their debut LP in the fall of 2011. Pulling from influences as wide as dancehall and minimal techno to commercial pop and modern composition, the album was undeniably imaginative and well constructed.
Korallreven's sophomore album, Second Comin’, surrounds themes of beginning anew, rising again and trusting that incredible things are on the horizon if you deeply believe in them. Elegant in its execution, the new music is set against a hyper-pop landscape gathering both washes of melodic arpeggios and Far East influences. Japanese icon Cornelius joins the band on track ‘Try Anything Once’ and I Break Horses’ Maria Lindén also guests, along with members of the Tensta Gospel Choir and harmonica players. Percussion instruments from all over the world are used including Indian tablas, Latin timbales and African clay drums.
The album’s art was created in collaboration with controversial Swedish street artist, NUG – the black swirls a signature NUG element while the pink slime a nod to low brow pop culture, to which vocalist Marcus Joons remarks, “Korallreven can be both a silk scarf and a can of slime.”
At times, Second Comin’ holds a mirror to the lightning-fast lifestyles we increasingly inhabit. He says, “In our real lives the days are 24 hours, the horses run as fast as pink Lamborghinis, and everything, everything, everything is about the instant. Everyone’s for instant crushes, whatever the crush may be.”
Second Comin’ was released November 4, 2014, via Cascine in North America and Sony Music in Europe. Korallreven is Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder.