shoegaze/folk-rock act Coma Girls are preparing to release a new LP, No Umbrella For Star Flower (Baby Robot Records), out September 2nd. Since announcing the record last month, Coma Girls have garnered praise for the album’s first single, “Knife.” Today, Coma Girls release the second single off No Umbrella For Star Flower, the downtempo confessional “Keep All Of Your Happiness.”
Chris Spino—the creative force behind LA indie/folk-rock project Coma Girls—has been going through some changes. In fact, Coma Girls’ entire history has been marked by metamorphosis. From Spino’s turn away from his roots to the lo-fi/neo-garage style of 2015’s self-titled debut, to the jangly alt-country of “Smoking Gun,” the 7-inch that chronicled his move to LA, and the psych-folk of 2021’s Skyboxer that mined the trenches of addiction, Coma Girls’ releases have consistently been characterized by Spino’s own personal and musical reinvention. Now, Spino is preparing to release Coma Girls’ latest, the maximalist, shoegazey folk-rock album No Umbrella For Star Flower, and finds himself in the throes of another transitional stage, emerging from the isolation of the pandemic newly sober and with fewer demons to slay.
“This record was my one escape, the one thing that kept me from going off the rails,” says Spino. “It’s a pandemic record, a relapse record, a break-up record, and a recovery record. This was the thing that was keeping me sane.”