After teasing fans with previews of half a dozen new songs on the road this year — including five at last weekend’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago — Coldplay have finally announced the name and release date of their anticipated fifth album.
The cryptically titled Mylo Xyloto (pronounced my-lo zy-letoe) will hit stores in the U.S. on October 25. The album, which features production by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, as well as additional compositional help from ambient-music legend Brian Eno, is the follow-up to 2008’s multiplatinum Viva La Vida.
After releasing a color-splashed video for the dance-y rock tune “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” the band will follow with the first official single, “Paradise,” due out on September 12. Among the new songs the group played at Lollapalooza were “MX/Hurts Like Heaven,” one of their classic revved-up emotional anthems, as well as the strummy, U2-like push-pull rocker “Major Minus,” the gentle ballad “Us Against the World” and the expansive “Charlie Brown.” According to Billboard, the album will also feature the bass-heavy “Up in Flames.” Another tune they’ve played live, “Moving to Mars,” may or may not make the cut.
Guitarist Jonny Buckland described the musical theme of the new record as “letting loose musically; louder drums, louder guitars, more contrast. Then we wanted to go down to the most intimate moments, then back to the biggest we’ve ever been. We wanted to contain as many interesting ideas as we could fit into 42-and-a-half minutes.”
The band’s manager told Billboard that a brief arena run in the U.K. and U.S. is slated for December, with a full world tour expected to kick off in the spring.