Coldplay quickly followed up last week's surprise new track "Midnight" with another single and concrete details about their sixth album. The LP is called Ghost Stories and will drop May 19 on Parlophone/Atlantic.
The new song, "Magic," is more traditionally structured than the atmospheric "Midnight" and suggests that Coldplay's new album may sound different than anything we've heard from them before.
Coldplay is a bombastic band—even their songs without massive, festival-ready choruses are sweeping and grand, aiming skyward. But "Magic" is soft and insular, with clean, deliberate guitar riffs and quiet, clicking drums that recall The xx. Chris Martin and crew are one of the biggest bands in the world, but they seem to be striving to sound like an indie band.
Ghost Stories figures to hold even more surprises.