Coral (aka Miranda Coral Engholm) grew up in rural Sweden but has roots in both Sweden and Argentina. She has one of those voices that makes you melt into your chair and smile with joy. We sense echoes of Laura Marling, but glossed with her soft Swedish accent.
We are rather smitten with her recent gorgeous single, ‘I Just Want You Because You’re Gone‘, released last month. We got in touch to find out more about her, and you can check out the new song and video below…
Tell us who you are and what is your sound?
I’m a theatre kid from south of Sweden who writes music under my grandmother’s and my own second name Coral. Based on what I’ve released so far I would describe it as quite indie and folkie. For now.
What exciting projects have you got coming up?
Right now my biggest project is to become a more organised person due to intense studies at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. I also have little plant project going on and also got a record player as a christmas gift so collecting new LPs is always a little project of mine.
Besides that there will also be an album release early next year and now I release some teasers and first tastes in form of singles. It will be my debut. Which is both thrilling and super scary. But I’m really excited!!
Where did you grow up and what music influenced you?
I grew up in the woods in a really beautiful part of south of Sweden called Österlen where there’s also a lot of culture flourishing. Both of my parents being musically talented it wasn’t a surprise that I ended up writing myself. Besides being a singer songwriter himself my father fed me with a lot of music on the record player coming mostly from the blues, rock and folk world. In my teens I started to fall deeply in love with the indie rock world beginning with The Cure and The Smiths for instance. Combined with artists that i also loved that had a more heavy focus on lyricism like Regina Spector and Nina Simone i guess that landed me somewhere in the middle.
What cool places do you recommend to visit in your city (bars, restaurants, etc)?
I just recently moved to Gothenburg after living in Malmö for the past five years. So because I’m a nuby (noob) here I’d like to recommend places from some different places. But I could start with Gothenburg. There is a record shop where I already have spent to much money called Bengans, on the other side of the same street there is a venue called Oceanen which put on shows, great places. If you want to go to good live shows in Malmö the place is Plan B where I also started my solo journey.
In Malmö you should also take a visit to Kallbadhuset where you hang around naked, sweat in saunas and then swim in the sea. Once in Malmö you should also eat falafel at Möllans Falafel. I would also recommend to bring a tent and walk and camp around in the beautiful nature of Österlen if you have time to spend.
Finally, what was the last thing that made you swear out loud?
When they opened up for 300 people to be allowed as audience for shows and theaters here in Sweden after having a 50 people maximum since forever it feels like. That made me crazy happy and I would remember my reaction as: “FUCK YEEEES”!
Interview by Alex Minnis