Following the success of their acclaim luring, attention grabbing single Gold, UK rockers Coquin Migale now release the second single from their similarly well-received Feel EP, in the mesmeric shape of Socotra. The song emulates the same irresistibly sultry and radiant allure which fuelled its predecessor whilst simultaneously exploring fresh tenacious shadows and brighter smouldering hues. It too embraces a fiery mix of alternative and indie rock with psych pop, but honed into its own individual and distinctive design, which just as the last single, simply enthrals.
Since forming in 2013, Coquin Migale has seemingly only stoked increasing attention and appetites for their ear seducing and imagination lighting sound. The Yellow Room EP which came out swiftly after the band emerged caught the radar of fans and media alike, as just as potently did their live presence. The Feel EP and Gold a few short weeks back certainly took sound and support up another level or three, and it is easy to expect Socotra to do its big bit in helping Coquin Migale become a nationally devoured proposition.
From the first pull of a pulsating throaty bass string aligned to a surf rock kissed guitar tempting, the song has ears in hand with the immediately joining and enticing vocals of Alex Soper only enhancing the opening seduction. As the beats of Dan Rawlinson bring a new spring to proceedings and in turn Soper produces a slightly thicker ‘growl’ of a texture to his delivery, the track begins to verge towards an invigorating bellow. The guitars of Matthew Wooton (since left the band) and Soper flame and resonate with sonic endeavour and melodic incitement whilst the bass of Stevie Kane throbs with provocative expression. The song continues to entwine its siren-esque coaxing with the new dynamic crescendos, each seemingly to incite the other to find more zeal and passion, which in turn helps create a blaze of a proposition overall.
As much as Gold was devoured here, Socotra edges it, though tomorrow it might be the other way round as both songs simply excite and announce Coquin Migale as one fresh and intoxicating band. If new to the Newcastle quartet, then Socotra is a must, if already hooked then you do not need any further persuasion to go explore.
Socotra is available from 24th August via End Of The Trail Records.