Will Coldplay’s new album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ be released on December 4? That’s what fans are saying today, following the appearance of mysterious adverts like the one below on the London Underground. Coldplay lovers reckon this must be the work of the quartet. There’s plenty of mystery still surrounding the record, but here’s what we know so far…
1. THERE’S REASONING BEHIND THE THOUGHT THAT IT’S THE ALBUM COVER
In the tweets below you can see insignia similar to the pattern in the advert above in the badges worn by singer Chris Martin and guitarist Jonny Buckland, and in a T-shirt Chris Martin wore while performing at Global Citizen Festival.
It also looks a bit like Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘Sempiternal’, which frontman Oli Sykes seems none too happy about…
2. THIS ALBUM IS “NIGHT TO THE DAY” COMPARED TO MIDNIGHT WEEPER ‘GHOST STORIES’
2014’s ‘Ghost Stories’ was a breakup album, about what must still be referred to as the ‘conscious uncoupling’ of frontman Chris Martin and his wife, Oscar-winning actor and fluff-blogger, Gwyneth Paltrow. After the hyperactive, technicolour pop of 2011’s ‘Mylo Xyloto’, ‘Ghost Stories’ was a markedly low-key, bruised offering from the four-piece.
But it also had a more electronic sound than ever before, thanks to co-production from Jon Hopkins on ‘Midnight’. ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ may continue down this electro route, but it’s also been described by Jonny Buckland, the band’s guitarist, as “night to the day” from the nocturnal feel of ‘Ghost Stories’ – so it’s presumably a bit less miffed-sounding and a bit more life-affirming.
3. IT’S A POPPIER AND DANCIER THAN YOUR AVERAGE COLDPLAY ALBUM
For the first time, the band have been working with Atlanta-based mixing engineer Phil Tan, who’s worked with many pop acts including Rihanna and Katy Perry on tracks like ‘We Found Love’, and ‘Firework’. Sixteen tracks he’s worked on have hit Number One in the UK Singles Chart.
They’ve also collaborated with New York-based Norwegian production duo Stargate, who have likewise worked with Rihanna and Katy Perry, as well as Ylvis, the band that brought you ‘The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)’
Put that information alongside the following quote from Chris about the new album – “I think it would be fun to shuffle your feet a bit” – and the result has to have a more poppy sound, if not a dancey one. But remember, the band worked with Avicii on EDM-sprinkled single ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ – so they could well go further that way. And a nod in that direction could the name of the title track, which follows the ‘A Blank Full Of Blanks’ formula…
4. THIS SONG WILL BE ON IT
Performing at Global Citizen Festival, the band played what’s been confirmed as a song from ‘AHFOD’ – ‘Amazing Day’. It’s a wide-eyed waltz, about dreams of marshmallow and fairy-dust, or whatever. So, while the new album could be dancier, there’s obviously still room for earnest heart-pouring here. Check out the lyrics – which are tinged by religion – here.
5. THEY’VE RECORDED A VERY COLOURFUL MUSIC VIDEO IN INDIA
Coldplay visited Mumbai in September for a couple of days to record a music video, possibly for ‘Amazing Day’, possibly for the title track ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’. It’s very colourful, and you can see evidence below, as well as a longer gallery on this fansite.
6. IT COULD BE THEIR LAST ALBUM… AT LEAST FOR A WHILE
Says Martin: “It’s our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it’s like the last Harry Potter book or something like that. Not to say there might not be another thing one day, but this is the completion of something.”
7. IT COULD ALSO FEATURE THESE COLLABORATIONS
String arranger Davide Rossi, who worked with the band on ‘Viva La Vida’ and ‘Paradise’ will be returning, but other rumoured collaborators include Rihanna, who worked with the band on ‘Princess Of China’. They’ve also reportedly recruited Merry Clayton too, who provided the iconic backing vocal for The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’. Last year Clayton lost both legs in a car accident but as she says, “I still have this voice!”