For those hoping Coldplay's new album would be a handful of carefree yarns about life as a highly successful rock artist, you're out of luck. Chris Martin shared a new track, "Always in My Head," to the BBC. It's a meloncholy, atmosphereic song that's clearly about his recent relationship troubles with Gwyneth Paltrow. Stream it below.
The appearance was Martin's first big interview since they announced their "conscious uncoupling" split last month. And from the sound of this new track, it seems Ghost Stories (out May 19) will be an overdue therapy session set to piano-tinged rock. In this new song, he starts off by softly crooning, "I think of you, I haven't slept," and later on confesses "Though I try my heart stays still." Sigh.
"Up to a certain point in my life I wasn't completely vulnerable and it caused some problems," he said. "If you don't let love really in then you can't really give it back. So what Ghost Stories means to me is like you've got to open yourself up to love and if you really do, of course it will be painful at times, but then it will be great at some point... I think in life everyone needs to be broken in some way."
Of course, this is all within the context of Martin's marriage and the problems that (apparently) have been abundant over the years. "You can be with someone very wonderful, but because of your own issues you cannot let that be celebrated in the right way," Martin said. "What changed for me was—I don't want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure." Or maybe he's just annoyed that Coldplay aren't the critical darlings that Radiohead are. "Ever since our band came out, we have been a very polarizing group because we do a certain thing very well," he continued. "About two years ago I was a mess really because I can't enjoy the thing that we are good at and I can't enjoy the great things around me because I'm burdened by this—I've got to not blame anyone else and make some changes." Whew. We're exhausted already.