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Speaking about the musical direction of the record, Buckland says, "I suppose the theme would be 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."[http://www.billboard.com/news/coldplay-reveals-mylo-xyloto-album-art-release-1005314752.story#]
Speaking about the musical direction of the record, Buckland says, "I suppose the theme would be 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."[http://www.billboard.com/news/coldplay-reveals-mylo-xyloto-album-art-release-1005314752.story#]
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==Brian Eno Influence==
==Brian Eno Influence==

Revision as of 09:58, 28 August 2011

Reversible album artwork for Mylo Xyloto

On 12 August 2011, Coldplay announced via their official website that Mylo Xyloto is the new album title for LP5, and that it will be released on 24 October 2011.[1]

The official announcement read: Mylo Xyloto was produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, with enoxification and additional composition by Brian Eno. The album will be released in digital, CD and vinyl formats. A special limited edition Pop-Up Album version will also be available, which will include a 12" x 12" hardback book containing graffiti pop-up art designed by David A. Carter, vinyl, CD and exclusive content including photographs, excerpts from the studio diary and the band's personal notebooks.

Along with the text came a handwritten message from Chris Martin which wrote: "Hello everybody, we have finished our new album. It's called Mylo Xyloto and it comes out on October 24. We hope you like it and we hope you are well. Love from Chris (and Will, Jonny & Guy & Phil)."

Contents

Possible tracks - found in the database of 'ASCAP' and/or 'BMI'

* All songs written and composed by Berryman/Buckland/Champion/Eno/Martin except where noted.

Billboard reveal more details of Mylo Xyloto

Online magazine Billboard reported first on the announcement of Mylo Xyloto, alongside the official Coldplay site.

Produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, with "enoxification" and additional composition by Brian Eno, Mylo Xyloto is Coldplay's first release since 2008's Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. Last week in Los Angeles, Billboard heard eight songs recorded for the project, some of which are already familiar to fans from international festival appearances including Glastonbury in the U.K. and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Among those are the relentlessly effervescent first track, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall; the shimmering, syncopated Charlie Brown; and Major Minus, an ominous, thundering beast of a song with rattling guitars, potent (and rare) Buckland solos, and restless, shifting musical patterns. Those three songs, along with others like the bold anthem Paradise (the first "proper" single from the record, due September 12th); the broad, bass-heavy Up in Flames; and the textured romance of Us Against The World seem destined to appear on the final version of Mylo Xyloto. Others, including the loungey build-up that is Moving to Mars, could potentially not make the record, according to Billboard interviews with Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland and frontman Chris Martin.

The band's announcement today reveals Mylo Xyloto will be released in digital, CD and vinyl formats. The 180-gram vinyl edition will include a 12" x 36" poster. A special limited edition Pop-Up Album version will also be available, which will include a 12" x 12" hardback book containing graffiti pop-up art designed by David A. Carter, vinyl, CD and exclusive content including photographs, excerpts from the studio diary and the band's personal notebooks. The "reversible" cover art was just revealed at COLDPLAY.COM. Half of the CDs will be packaged with the full color artwork as the cover while the other 50% will have the CD booklet flipped, showing the silver initials "M X" via a die-cut sheet placed over the color image.

Coldplay manager Dave Holmes tells Billboard that a brief run of arenas in the UK and Europe is planned for December of this year, but the band will begin to tour globally in earnest in support of the record beginning next spring. Coldplay's tour in support of Viva la Vida grossed more than $126 million and moved more than 1.7 million tickets to 94 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. As they embark on a new cycle, the band's spirits are high. "We've been together long enough that I know how everyone else is feeling, and it makes me excited when I feel the others are excited," Martin tells Billboard. "Maybe I speak too soon, but they don't seem unexcited. They seem pretty fired up. I think we have a lot to prove to ourselves. There's no point in not going for it."

Speaking about the musical direction of the record, Buckland says, "I suppose the theme would be 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."[2]

Also see: Mylo Xyloto: The Billboard Cover Story (20110812)
Also see: 'Laughing Boys' Coldplay article in Q Magazine (September 2011)
Also see: Coldplay feature in Billboard magazine - September 2011 (including Chris Martin Q&A interview)

Brian Eno Influence

Coldplay have declared that producer Brian Eno was almost one of the band as they created new album Mylo Xyloto. Drummer Will Champion singled out Eno's contribution, in an interview with Q Magazine.[3]

"For this album Brian's more of a collaborative writer than a producer," he told Q. "He was with us more in the early stages when the songs were being created, though his influence is everywhere. He's omnipresent, even when he's not in the building he leaves his aura around for inspiration. Brian is a great sewer of seeds whereas Markus us the farmer. He has amazing powers of concentration, way beyond ours."

Meaning of Mylo Xyloto

Not much more is revealed at this time about the exact meaning of Mylo Xyloto. A latin dictionary explains that "mylo" means "disambigious" and "xyloto" has been used to describe a family of hooverfly insects. Perhaps there is a tie with the colorful art, which seems to indicate there's beauty in destruction which seems a fitting theme for the darker times we live in. [4]

First Introduction

Mylo Xyloto as seen registered on the PRS database, 24th July 2011
Mylo Xyloto was believed to be a song from the LP5 album era, and possibly the title of LP5 itself, when the name was registered by Coldplay according to the PRS database on 6th July 2011. It is likely that the acronym, MX, is the track that Coldplay use for the opening sequence to their festival dates in 2011.

Commenting on the find, Coldplayer Spike said, "I'm a member of PRS and (as a member) you can search their online database of registered songs. I typed in Chris Martin and looked at all the newly registered work under 'Christopher Anthony John Martin' and a song called 'Mylo Xyloto' was registered on 6th July 2011!!! The writers registered for the song are all of Coldplay and Brian Eno. Wither they actually call the album Mylo Xyloto or not or that might be the lead single (maybe released on October 10th because the first letters of each word being MX)." [5]

Coldplay's Oracle on Mylo Xyloto (MX)

August 23, 2011 - submitted by Jon, United States of America
Q. Hi Oracle, I was wondering if the song played before Hurts Like Heaven during the festival circuit is actually called Mylo Xyloto and was just shortened to MX to avoid spoiling the title of LP5 before the title was officially announced. Thanks!
The Oracle replies:
Ta-da! I wondered when someone would pick up on that after what I had said about it in a couple of answers. MX did indeed mean Mylo Xyloto but at the festivals, as I did mention, it wasn't a full song, just a prelude/introduction to Hurts Like Heaven.

August 18, 2011 - submitted by Federica, Italy
Q. Hello Oracle, I know you won't publish my question but I'll write it down the same. Is there any connection between MYLO XYLOTO and the street artist XYLO (whose name is MYLO)? There are lots of coincidences and not just in the name...
The Oracle replies:
Nope, no connection at all. The band have never heard of him. I checked him out and it's purely a coincidence that his name is Mylo (there are plenty around) as is the fact he's into graffiti.

August 18, 2011 - submitted by Ashley, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, There's this ridiculous rumor that 'Mylo' is an Egyptian derivative of the name Miley and 'Xyloto' comes from the Greek term for Tombs of the Kings which is located on the island of Cyprus. When you combine both of them it'll say "Miley Cyprus." In other words, "Miley Cyrus." And according to this article, the album was dedicated to her. So, please Oracle, can you tell all the Coldplayers out there that this is not true? Thanks in advance!
The Oracle replies:
I most certainly can tell you all that this is not true - once I have stopped laughing hysterically that is! I have no idea who dreams this stuff up but by golly, they really should find more interesting ways to spend their time. Ha, ha, ha!

August 18, 2011 - submitted by Valentina, Denmark
Q. Dear Oracle, On the album official announcement written by Chris, there is a little drawing with two words just after the phonetic spelling of Mylo Xyloto. What does the drawing represent and what does it say?? I can't make it out...
The Oracle replies:
It says under 1 roof and it's written under, er, a roof!

August 15, 2011 - submitted by Bella, United Kingdom
Q. Dear Oracle, What does Mylo Xyloto mean?
The Oracle replies:
This could win the prize for the most asked question in the shortest space of time! All I will say is that if the band are asked it as many times as I have been asked, an answer will appear soon enough! I'd rather not be the revealer on this occasion. I will dispel a couple of suggestions I received though. It's not been randomly made up with no meaning at all nor is it a foreign language. Everyone has been so patient so far with all the teasing that has been going on during the past 3 months so I'm sure we can hang on a little longer...

August 15, 2011 - submitted by Sam, United Kingdom
Q. Dear Oracle, I read on the Daily Mirror and NME that Chris Martin is saying that Mylo Xyloto may be the last album for the band and this time he means it. Why is this so? As a big fan of Coldplay I am very sad about this. Since you know Chris and the rest of the boys, do you think that it is likely that the band splits up at this point of its career? I wish that you could pick up my question and reply to it!! Thanks! Sam
The Oracle replies:
I haven't read the article but I would draw your attention to the word "may". What Chris said or meant - whether taken out of context or not - is familiar to many. Anyone who has been a fan for a very long time will know that this kind of quote is not uncommon when an album is completed. Chris has said this kind of thing before, ooh at least 3 times I'd say. Even if a band intend to be together forever, not one single person in the world could possibly know when or if an album is the last one until song ideas are conceived, written, recorded and deemed good enough. That's not to say that Mylo Xyloto* will be their last album but at this moment in time it is the only album that we're all thinking about. Let's not rush the future or try to see into it, let's enjoy the present - after all, it is a gift. * You have no idea how great it is to finally be able to say the name of the album!

August 11, 2011 - submitted by Laura, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle: I read somewhere that the release date of Coldplay's new album is going to be 10/10 or October 10th. I'm pretty sure this person just made that up based on the fact that MX in roman numerals is 1010. It does sound probable though. Is there any way this is true? Thanks! much love :)
The Oracle replies:
MX, as you say, means 1,010 in roman numerals but that's not ten ten to me; it's one thousand and ten which is completely different. The album isn't out on 10/10 or any other combination of those numbers. MX has nothing to do with numbers.

Forum Links

  • The Many Mystery Messages Of Mylo Xyloto [6]
  • Mylo Xyloto sub-forum [7]
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