Coldplay announced their sixth LP Ghost Stories
and previewed new track “Magic” last night after the Academy Awards (perhaps some form of protest for their Hunger Games: Catching Fire
not getting nominated?), and now the song is streaming in full. It begins as an intimate number built on a simple drum machine beat and plaintive piano chords, with some electronics twinkling in the background. Eventually, though, it swells into an acoustic singalong with the requisite Edge
-indebted guitar lines and Chris Martin
‘s falsetto chant.
When combined with previously released “Midnight,” it certainly seems the Brits are toning down their trademark grandeur in exchange for a more minimalist, atmospheric set of songs. Hear “Magic” below.
Ghost Stories is out May 19.
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