Coldplay goes galactic with the aerial album “Music of the Spheres”; will visit Philly on June 8

By Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK (AP) — The last time Coldplay released an album was like a warm embrace from the Earth. This time, the British quartet got bigger – cosmically bigger.

“We’re looking up and out and trying to find answers, and I think maybe we’re trying to find some perspective,” says drummer Will Champion.

“Music of the Spheres” is a spacious 12-track collection with waves of synth and airy melodies. The track “Infinity Sign” sounds like it was created inside a star, and “Biutyful” is a hit of ecstasy in musical form. It’s an album set to play as astronauts gather on a slowly spinning space station for a galactic rave.

“It’s a bit grander in sound,” says singer Chris Martin. “The songs come first, but the title picture frame of ‘Music of the Spheres’ easily indicates which songs might fit in. But you’re always at the mercy of what the songs decide to show.

Coldplay also announced a world tour that will begin in March 2022 and will hit Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on June 8, 2022. Grammy Award-winning HER will open.

Guitarist Jonny Buckland uses a fishing analogy: “The concept kind of builds the net, you know what I mean? And then the net catches the kind of fish it wants.

The seeds for the new album were sown years ago, when the British band wrapped up their tour for ‘A Head Full of Dreams’. The pandemic has scrambled their plans, leading to their latest album, “Everyday Life,” a dense and complex work with words spoken or sung in Arabic, Spanish, Zulu and Igbo. It was as introspective about humanity as new is noble.

“’Everyday Life’ was about making the big questions personal. And this one is about turning personal things into big questions,” says Champion. “You know, ‘What are we all doing here and what is the purpose of our group and why are we all here?'”

This time, the band has teamed up with super-producer Max Martin, whom they credit with a less-is-more approach. He helped the songs breathe for a band known for their rich orchestrations.

“Historically, as a band, we tend to fill space,” Champion says. “We paint with lots of layers, big thick strings and synths. And one of the reasons I think we’ve all felt such relief working with Max is that he’s very conscious of not filling in too many gaps.

Bassist Guy Berryman adds, “You’re not going to make a song bigger and more impressive by adding another layer of sound, and then another layer of sound. It’s like if you mix too many colors together, you always end up brown.

Five of the album’s 12 songs use emojis as titles and it has what every hit album needs these days – namely, a collaboration with BTS (the song “My Universe”, which has already topped the charts of Billboard Hot 100 Songs). There’s also the breakup song “Let Somebody Go” – with Selena Gomez – which forgives and loves.

Martin has made it a family affair, with writing credit on Gomez’s song from his daughter Apple Martin, who also provides the intro to “Higher Power.” Son Moses Martin is credited with backing vocals on “Humankind”.

“Apple gave me this amazing deal that I never thought of. So there she is,” Martin says. And he may be biased, but he considers Moses a very talented singer: “ So I often ask him to just come and improve the sound of the choruses.”

The album ends with “Coloratura,” which is over 10 minutes long, a multi-suite journey into the cosmos that’s kind of a band flex and represents a departure.

“It was towards the end of recording this album, and I think Max Martin had given us a lot of confidence. We knew we had more pop songs, so there was kind of a feeling of, ‘Eh well, that last song, which is currently 6 minutes long, what if we really let it be what it wanted to be?’ said.

“It’s not going to reach everyone and it’s not for everyone, but some people might really enjoy the kind of film, including us, because we’ve never allowed ourselves to do that. We’ve always thought we should conclude this.

Coldplay isn’t the only artist to tap into the sky in recent years, with Nick Jonas releasing “Spaceman,” Beck’s “Hyperspace” and Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean.” Dua Lipa’s video for “Levitate” is a space party in an Art Deco elevator.

For Coldplay, the use of space offers them a chance to talk about the end of artificial demarcations. From space, they note, the Earth is nothing but water, mountains and trees.

“We want to try to get rid of as many of these divisions and barriers between people as possible, because we see that we are just this little ball floating in a huge, huge universe and we have to take care of each other. and the planet itself,” says Champion.

Martin notes that despite all the space, this is still a Coldplay collection – optimistic and hopeful. Talking about planets is a canvas for talking about being human.

“It’s really another record about life as a human being, but considering that freedom that comes when you pretend it’s about other creatures in other places,” he says.

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Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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