Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams will be upon us in about two weeks, and Chris Martin gave some interviews about it recently. To Rolling Stone, he explained that after recording 2014’s self-consciously minor Ghost Stories in an “unhealthy” state during the end of his marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow, he discovered the works of Viktor Frankl and Rumi and learned to embrace the bad things that happen to him, which in turn inspired this next album’s themes: “It’s about love and acceptance and embracing what happens to you. It’s quite a hippie album. All of our records were a journey to get to this one.”
A Head Full Of Dreams also sounds like it will be musically omnivorous to an eyebrow-raising extent. “X Marks The Spot,” for instance, features Martin rapping through a vocoder. And there’s this choice quote from Martin: “We wanted to marry all the music that we love, from Drake to Oasis.” Martin gave some similar intel to The Wall Street Journal, including this priceless tidbit about how Beyoncé collab “Hymn For The Weekend” came to be:
The original kernel was that I was listening to Flo Rida or something, and I thought, it’s such a shame that Coldplay could never have one of those late-night club songs, like “Turn Down For What.” What would we call it if we had one? I thought I’d like to have a song called “Drinks On Me” where you sit on the side of a club and buy everyone drinks because you’re so fucking cool. I was chuckling about that, when this melody came — “drinks on me, drinks on me” — then the rest of the song came out. I presented it to the rest of the band and they said, “We love this song, but there’s no way you can sing ‘drinks on me.'” So that changed into “drink from me” and the idea of having an angelic person in your life. Then that turned into asking Beyoncé to sing on it.
OK, then! Who’s ready to hear Coldplay’s best DJ Snake & Lil Jon impression?