Single Review: Coquin Migale – Socotra


So many times you see that a band has got a little hype around them but when you hit play on the music you are wondering how they hell they have managed it, but not these guys. There’s a buzz around Coquin Migale right now and I’ll be up front from the go here, they are justifying it, and then some.

The band made up of Alex Soper (Vocals, guitar) Matthew Wooton (Guitar) Stevie Kane (Bass) and Dan Rawlinson (Drums) formed back in 2013 at Northumbria University and they have been on a steady march towards your radios ever since.

Socotra is the latest single to be taken from the band’s latest EP called Feel which has received praise across the board. ‘Socotra’ for those of you who are interested in that sort of thing is the name of a small archipelago of 4 islands in the Indian Ocean. The largest island of the same name has been described as a ‘lost world’ due to its landscape. (There’s one for the pub quiz)

Anyway back to the reason why we are all here (I think) the music. Socotra is a cracking tune. A slow and almost brooding opening soon gives way to whirling guitars and crashing drums. The vocal from Soper is quite a distance away from the action and especially during the verses just kind of lingers glides around the track. I’m a big fan of the chorus as well, serious grandstand stuff. The track dies down and strips back at around ¾ distance but not for along as it surges back for a grand finale like Mo Farah bursting down the home straight and reaching for the finish line.

Up until this morning I had never heard of Coquin Migale but within minutes of hearing Socotra I realised what a terrible oversight this had been on my part. This isn’t a track which was made for the radio but it’s a track which radio stations will surely love. I can’t put my finger on exactly what makes this tune stand out but it’s got that magic something.

Coquin Migale are a band to watch without a doubt, the next step is theirs for the taking, and bigger things could well beckon.

Socotra is released 29th August 2015.

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