[Cover photo credit to Shervin Lainez]
English songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Coyle Girelli will release Stripped on July 22nd, 2022. As the title suggests, the 7-song collection of stripped-down, acoustic performances follows his latest full-length Funland which arrived earlier this year. Stripped, features tracks from his previous albums Love Kills and Funland, along with two covers of First Aid Kit’s “Fireworks,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat,” that have been released as a double single.
Discussing the songs, Girelli says:
In addition to these stripped versions of my songs from ‘Funland’ and ‘Love Kills,’ I also wanted to throw a little something else in there and decided to record one of my all time favorite songs, ‘Famous Blue Raincoat,’ by one of my all time favorite artists, the late great Leonard Cohen. I subtly pulled on the melody and the words to add accents to areas of the song that maybe hadn’t been accented in previous versions. I adore singing it: ‘Thanks for the trouble you took from her eyes. I thought it was there for good so I never tried,’ is one of my favorite all time lines. I also recorded a cover of the First Aid Kit song ‘Fireworks,’ one of my favorite recent songs. A stunning melody, it glides, rises and falls like it’s on a wave.
Originally “Modern Noir,” “Flake,” and “Funland” were written as acoustic songs as Girelli was exploring the sound of Funland.
As a songwriter, Girelli has collaborated with a diverse group of creators from Mac Davis to Linda Perry, and written for several Pop acts. Girelli also works in theatre, co-composing the award-winning French musicals Robin des Bois and Les Trois Mousquetaires. Girelli previously fronted the Alternative Rock bands Your Vegas and The Chevin.