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Coldplay Surprise

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Surprise!  Coldplay popped out of seemingly nowhere right on the heels of the 86th Annual Academy Awards with the announcement of a brand new full-length album called Ghost Stories.

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Their first new set since 2011’s Mylo Xyloto (not discounting their single, “Atlas,” for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire film soundtrack), Ghost Stories, via early listens at Coldplay’s recent SXSW performance, show a more electronic, and yes, haunting side of the band’s sound on tracks like “Ink,” “Another’s Arms,” and “Always in My Head.” It’s a stylistic shift, for sure – but while Chris Martin’s distinctive vocals may be effects-laden, the band’s overall classic romantic-pop approach is (thankfully) still intact underneath the newly sparse, shoegazy sounds.

Coldplay teamed up with Adele producer Paul Epworth on the album as well as with their usual studio collaborators Dan Green, Rik Simpson, and Jon Hopkins, and tracked the set at their own North London studios, The Bakery and The Beehive, plus at an as-yet-unnamed locale in Austin, Texas. The new approach to their sound is said to be a direct reverse result of Coldplay’s work on Mylo Xyloto, which was initially concepted by the band as a “more acoustic” collection – Ghost Stories’ more spare, slightly avant-garde arrangements are said to be a deliberate attempt to step back a bit from MX’s brightly-produced, complex tracks.

First singles “Magic” and “Midnight” are already on the airwaves – check out  the official video for “Midnight” below, and pick up Ghost Stories starting May 19.