The label isn't the only thing Korallreven have switched up, though. Fittingly, Second Comin' follows a theme of "beginning anew and rising again," and they've made some musical tunings as well, increasing BPMs and expanding their versatility. It bears fruit from the onset: Lead track and single "Death Is Not For Us" is uplifting in spirit and body, spreading rave-y synths in all directions, scattering soulful vocals and wailing harmonica like sprinkles on a donut, while "The Highest State of Grace" dives even deeper into club culture, using synth-y strings that ascend to give meaning to the song's title.
But it's not all just about encouraging body motion. "Alone in Shinjuku" provides a welcome comedown that floats along a river of dub effects, and Japanese pop whiz Cornelius adds his own distinct virtue to the swaying, Eastern-tinged "Try Anything Once," which is desperately calling for a soca remix. Second Comin' reveals Korallreven have big, bold concepts in mind for where they can take their music. The third time will no doubt be even more charming. (Cascine)