Coldplay to Work Piano-Driven Magic on New Album

Mellow rockers Coldplay recently said that they will release their first record since 2011′s Mylo Xyloto. Ghost Stories will come out May 19, the band announced Sunday, during which they also unveiled the album’s first single, “Magic.” The band also posted a full track list for Ghost Stories along with the lyrics for “Magic.”

The song sounds like typical Coldplay, a romantic and piano-driven pop track lead by singer Chris Martin’s familiar vocals with the potential to become a summer radio staple.

The news comes about a week after a mysterious clip for the new song, “Midnight,” was posted on YouTube. The song is more experimental than Coldplay’s previous work and definitely is not as radio-friendly as “Magic.” Martin’s distinctive vocals are obscured by a weird effect, and the song lacks one of the band’s typically bombastic choruses. The trippy video features the band walking through a forest, filmed in negative. “Midnight” was released without indication as to whether it would be part of a larger work, but the track listing shows that the song will be the fifth track on the album.

Ghost Stories is being released on Parlophone Records. It will be available on iTunes, and a deluxe CD version with three bonus tracks will be sold at Target (if you’re one of the few who still buys CDs).

Coldplay is also set to be one of the headliners for next week’s iTunes Festival and South by Southwest. It was announced at the end of last month that Apple had decided to move the iTunes festival to the U.S. for the first time and hold it as a part of Austin’s annual South by Southwest festival, which will kick off the summer festival season next week.

Coldplay will play at the festival on March 11; the performance will be available to stream for free via iTunes. Coldplay members told the Associated Press they were “thrilled” to be chosen to play the first night: “It’s a great honor for our band and we hope everyone has a fantastic time.”

Other bands that will play South by Southwest and have their performances stream on iTunes include Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, and Willie Nelson. Other tour dates have not yet been announced.

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