The second half of Monster Rally’s debut full-length offers glimpses into Feighan as a bonafide beatmaker rather than a loop specialist, but songs like “Rainbow Rd.” are almost too beat-heavy, too percussive for the samples the beats are anchoring; the beats occasionally weigh the tracks down.
But sometimes, the percussion is just right, like the rattling snares which lead “Ribbons” to its close, or the perfectly simple breakbeat that drives the twinkling pianos in “Color Sky.” The sound of vinyl crackling like fireworks turns up often in Monster Rally’s early work, and here it’s used as a consistent percussive element.
With bright and effervescent tracks like “Story Ends (Color Sky Pt. II),” Coral is as good a testament as to the fact that psychedelic music doesn’t always require guitars and effects pedals. Like much of Feighan’s work, Coral is inspired by the sound of traveling. “It’s always inspiring to hear the ambient noise of any new place, like street musicians performing or the [sound of the] radio coming out of people’s cars as they drive by,” he says.