‘Chorus’ by Coolrunnings

Coolrunnings' 'Dracula Is Only The Beginning' Album Art

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I can’t remember when or how I stumbled across Coolrunnings but I’m glad that I did. After releasing a string of enjoyable EPs and singles over the last few months, they finally put out their debut a few weeks back and it’s pretty damn good. Entitled Dracula Is Only The Beginning and featuring the picture of a hair-faced boy on the cover (thanks to Thee Ruiner), it’s fair to expect something a little crazy from this Tennessee four-piece.

Opening track Chorus is the stand-out for me. On this one, comparisons to Animal Collective are going to be hard to avoid but that’s no bad thing. Like the boys from Baltimore, Coolrunnings also seem to display an exotic range of influences that run through their sound and the album itself seems to be a cocktail of different styles and flavors. On each listen I’ve discovered a new vibe or a new similarity, and all this joins together to make for an album that’s a fun listen. If you like what you hear, why not head over to their bandcamp page where you can stream the whole thing or buy it for a mere $5. If, as the album title says, Dracula is only the begining, then hopefully we’ll get to hear more from Coolrunnings in the near future.


April 18, 2011