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Cat Power and Coldplay – Wish I Was Here

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2014

Wish I Was Here Soundtrack

Just like he did on Garden State, Zach Braff has assembled quite a soundtrack for his new film Wish I Was Here. The film opened in limited cities yesterday, and will see a bigger release next week.

We already heard the new songs that both The Shins and Bon Iver did for the film. But Braff himself said his favorite part of the soundtrack is a collaboration between Coldplay and Cat Power that the artists made after seeing the film. This song is very much Chan Marshall’s show, as she takes a firm hold over the vocals, over a gentle and subdued Coldplay who sound more like their older selves on the song. Martin does come in to help out with some backing vocals towards the end, giving the song the perfect closure.

This wouldn’t be a collaboration that anyone really saw coming, which makes it that much better. NPR premiered the song, and spoke to Braff, who described in detail how exactly the song came to be:

Chris had the idea that it would be sung by a woman. I thought that was a genius idea, because one of the things the film is about is a strong woman (Kate Hudson’s character) becoming the matriarch of her family. When Chris and I were talking, we both kind of simultaneously said, ‘Cat Power.’ I reached out to Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) and she and I met and really clicked. I set her up to watch the film in her apartment. The whole time she was watching she kept texting me all the different parts she was loving. She said yes the instant it was over. Chan Marshall went to Electric Lady studios in NYC and tracked her voice. Chris Martin would later add his harmonies with Coldplay producing the song.

Stream “Wish I Was Here” below.
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Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars

By Will Oliver, May 6th 2014 — with 1 comment

Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars

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will always be Coldplay, but each album brings a certain style or approach that defines it. I haven’t quite pinned down how one would classify their upcoming album Ghost Stories (out May 19) as all the tracks have been somewhat different. We had first single “Magic” as well as “Midnight”, “Oceans” and a preview of album opener “Always In My Head.”

Now next single “A Sky Full Of Stars” has come along as proven my point even more so. As we previously mentioned, the single was produced by EMA mainstay Avicii. His influence is felt on the track that one could easily mistake as a EDM remix of a Coldplay track. It has those signature Coldplay marks and Chris Martin vocals, only they work in some dance breakdowns in there. It’s not too overwhelming, but it just feels so different form the rest of the tracks we’ve heard so far. Read the rest of this entry »

Coldplay – Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix)

By Will Oliver, April 27th 2014

Coldplay - Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix)

I’m not usually one for remixes, but every once and a while I find out that captures my attention. The latest to do so is a remix of “Midnight” a track off Coldplay’ssoon to be released new album, Ghost Stores (out May 19 via Parlophone/Atlantic).

“Midnight” is a bit of a departure from the band’s usual sound, and Moroder clearly recognizes that. On his remix, he transforms the song into a heavenly bit of dance glory. I’m digging it quite a bit.

Stream the remix below.
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[new] Coldplay – Magic | Announce New Album: Ghost Stories

By Will Oliver, March 5th 2014 — with 3 comments

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Last week Coldplay returned with a new song called “Midnight” of nowhere (and they are playing at SXSW during a show iTunes is controversially putting on).

It turns out this is all leading up to the release of a brand new album. The album is titled Ghost Stories, and comes out May 9 via Parlophone/Atlantic.

The announcement came with the release of the album’s first single, a track called “Magic.” While “Midnight” was a stray from their more usual sound, “Magic” is a more a return to form for Coldplay. It’s indeed a magical little track from the band that starts off calm and slowly blossoms into something a big bigger. Fans who weren’t pulled in as much with “Midnight” should be much fonder of “Magic.”

Find “Magic” posted below. The tracklist for Ghost Stories is posted below that. Read the rest of this entry »

[new]: Coldplay – Midnight

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2014 — with 1 comment

Coldplay

Yesterday Coldplay released a new song/music video called “Midnight” out of no where. There’s no word on whether or not it’s going to appear on their eventual follow up album to Mylo Xyloto.

“Midnight” takes things in a new direction, as the band toys around with some vocal effects that give the song a very heavy Imogen Heap feel. It’s definitely a new direction for the band, and made that much more interesting considering that “Atlas” (their contribution to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack) was a bit of the old school Coldplay sound.

I have a feeling “Midnight” is going to get a mixed reaction from fans, but for those open and willing to see a band gravitate towards a new sound, they will be in for a treat.

Enjoy “Midinght” below. The video was directed by Mary Wigmore.
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[new]: Coldplay – Atlas

By Will Oliver, September 6th 2013 — with 1 comment

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Coldplay have submitted a new track for use on the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It’s the first song to be shared from the soundtrack, and it’s  sounding more like the A Rush Of Blood To The Head era Coldplay than the recent era. It’s a slow builder, letting the emotions build towards a grand finish.

I’m already envisioning how the film will be using “Atlas” during the film when it comes out on November 22. Can’t wait.

Stream “Atlas” below.
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[watch]: Coldplay Play Colbert

By Will Oliver, October 24th 2011

Last Friday Coldplay stopped by Colbert to perform “Paradise” and “Up In Flames”, both of which are on their new LP, Mylo Xyloto. Colber also interviewed lead singer Chris Martin. Martin’s answer to whether or not they’re influenced by Radiohead is classic:

We are not as good musically, but much more attractive

Not a bad answer. Watch all three video clips after the jump:

Paradise:

Up In Flames:

Interview:




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