COLDPLAY’s haunting , atmospheric Ghost Stories

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COLDPLAY have undoubtedly become one of the biggest acts in the world since their appearance in the music scene. Ghost Stories is their sixth studio album co-produced by the band with Paul Epworth along with returning Mylo Xyloto producers Daniel Green, and Rik Simpson and was released on 16 May 2014. Since the release of “ Parachutes ” back in 2000 they have given us so many brilliant samples of songwriting. We have loved songs that have made enough memories last for a lifetime and adored albums like “ A rush of blood to the head ” that had a great impact on us in many levels and managed to stand the test of time. However their latest self-referential album probably signifies a change of direction.

GHOST STORIES is an album of intimate nature , where Chris Martin is working out his private pain in public and full of songs that thread through mid-tempo soundscapes , tender , melancholic melodies ( that leave you with an optimistic feeling about love ) in combination with electronic touches , strings and ethereal voices. Everything sounds so serene , pristine and fragile to the point that gives you a sense of weightlessness. The whole album moves along on an ever-changing atmospheric , haunting bed of sound that justifies its title.

Though it is instrumentally brilliant and exceptional in terms of production , it kind of lacks the big anthems and there may be times you get the impression the band is trying too hard to prove it can get its point across without the formula that made them famous. Yet there is something inviting about Coldplay trying something new at this stage in their career and their new album can be seen as brave move of a commercially successful band.

The truth is that Coldplay’s listeners are definitely taken on a totally different kind of journey than they’ve gone on before and the sense of magic is somehow kept alive . Even if the album it fails to deliver the same kind of catharsis and excitement of their earliest work , it should be given a chance to win your heart. Emotionally engaging , tender and sensitive , their “ Ghost Stories ”come as a soothing musical balm and I guess time will determine whether they will stand the test of time or to what extend they will influence the band’s future steps.

Coldplay is always going to be warm, nostalgic, melancholic , sentimental , innocent and deeply touching in their own unique way. This is the same Coldplay who made Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head but this time slightly updated for more than a decade after their first arrival and in a more experimental mood.

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Take a look at their new album that has already hit Number One in 72 countries & discover its amazingly inspiring artwork here : http://www.coldplay.com/

Suggested Tracks : Midnight , Magic , Another’s arms , A sky full of stars , Oceans , Fly on

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MAGIC video clip : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtb11P1FWnc

FLY ON video ( Press Full Screen and Enjoy the amazing artwork )  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX2KJKRViPA

 

 

Florence + The Machine Metal Tribute Album released

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So you may be wandering …How does Florence + the Machine mixes with metal? Well, judging by Periphery’s cover of “Only If For A Night” in the video below, it can mix pretty well. It appears that Sumerian Records has gathered a bunch of bands on the label together to cover Florence + the Machine. The album has been dubbed “Sumerian Ceremonials” Florence + The Sphinx and is due out on May 15th. It mainly consists of songs from Florence + The Machine’s 2011 album, Ceremonials. Of course, one exception has been made — Stick To Your Guns have recorded “Dog Days Are Over,” because you can’t really release a Florence + The Machine tribute album and not include the band’s big breakthrough hit.

 
Speaking about the record, Sumerian’s co-founder Ash Avildsen commented:

“To me, ‘Ceremonials’ by Florence + the Machine is one of the most timeless records to come out in years. The distinctive vocals and melodies, the orchestration and instrumentation, the production, the mood and the lyrics have made me enamored with the album. It is also one of the heaviest records in years to me … not in the sense of metal and aggressive vocals/guitars/drums, but in how the songs make you feel.”

FLORENCE :
Louder than Sirens
Louder than Bells
Sweeter than Heaven
Hotter than Hell

 

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The track listing is as follows :

1. Periphery – “Only If For A Night”
2. Stick To Your Guns – “Dog Days Are Over”
3. Ben Bruce (of Asking Alexandria) – “Shake It Out”
4. Darkest Hour – “Spectrum”
5. Miss Fortune – “No Light, No Light”
6. Fever Dreamer – “Leave My Body”
7. Born of Osiris – “Seven Devils”
8. Come The Dawn – “What The Water Gave Me”
9. Upon A Burning Body – “Lover To Lover”
10. Mike Semesky (of Intervals) – “Hearlines”
11. Dead Letter Circus – “Remain Nameless”
12. City In The Sea – “All This And Heaven Too”

 

 Watch the tracks here : http://sumerianceremonials.com/

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Periphery – Only If for a night : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08aHl-AaFCo

 

 

GAD : Like a favourite song that speaks to the soul

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How could you be objective and what could you possibly write about a band that holds a special place in you heart ! GAD’s story began in 2005 when Iraklis Anastasiadis and Kostas Antoniadis joined forces to compose a track for a Greek Electro Compilation. That was the beginning of a beautiful journey and during the recording of their debut album “ System May Fall ” Antonis Antoniadis , Spyros Papakotsis and Mike Semertzoglou joined the band which came to be one of the most creatively innovative Greek Indie bands that never ceases surprising us and always gives us the feeling that the best is yet to come.

GAD have performed in various stages and festivals through the years and have opened for bands like Chicane , Nouvelle Vague and Puressence. Their second album “ The Perfect Crime“ was released in 2010 and added a somewhat deeper and more vibrant feel to their already distinctive music. Using a more natural sound this time , beautiful melodies and dark bass lines , they created a beautiful album where the various music influences of the group members are combined masterfully. The single WAVES undoubtedly gained massive airplay and helped them reach larger audiences but there are so much more to the second album than that. Songs like DEEP BLUE WORLD , PARALLEL LINES , SEPARATE WAYS , YOU KNOW THE WAY and the amazing OVER THE MOON ( where Konstantinos Vita adds a magic twist with his participation ) are some of its greatest moments.

However it is their third album “ End In Tears “ which to me is probably their most mature work. An album that is perfectly combining elements of the two previous ones in a skillful and brilliant way that makes it a real gem. A feast for the ears from beginning to end . Their highly anticipated third album is full of beautiful surprises and guest singers such as Maria X.Kourmouli ( Transistor ) , Alexandra McKay and Aliki Avdelopoulou (Monitor) give it a fresh , unique note , taking us away on a journey full of emotions and letting us get a glimpse of a fascinating world. GAD give us a chance to enjoy rock , electro pop , atmospheric rhythms that are combined perfectly and are complemented by Kostas Antoniadis’ deeply expressive voice. The truth is that it is not at all easy to decide which of the tracks deserve more praise or attention because each and every one narrates a unique story , moves , liberates , touches sensitive chords and penetrates the soul in different ways. WONDERFUL , YOUR LOVER TONIGHT , BIG BROWN EYES , END IN TEARS , PRETENDING , BELONG , TOO LATE will definitely become an instant crush.

Always creative , innovative , inspiring , trying to keep a very high standard in terms of production , staying true to themselves and to all the things that make them so special , remaining faithful to the music that has been an inspiration to them through the years and with great respect towards their loyal fans , GAD have evolved brilliantly and have shown us admirable samples of songwriting. What a great reason to be proud of !!! As a matter of fact , It feels like their albums belong to a very special place inside us since so many of their songs were meant to steal our hearts. ( After all … that’s where they belong )

They don’t lack passion , inspiration , talent and true love for what they do and one thing is certain. The end of the road is very far and they seem ready for another leap that will bring them closer to the music of their dreams … to the music that speaks to our souls and makes reality more bearable.

Thank You for the amazing journey so far … ❤

 

GAD Official Website : http://www.gadmusic.gr/‎

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Parallel Lines – GAD : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvoANnq6HIE

END IN TEARS Promo Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxlkTKOfW9M

 

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Waves – GAD : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZBapb9V5oU

Over The Moon – GAD ft. Konstantinos Vita : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLP9QizAaNM

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GAD – This light in you ( Promo Teaser ) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAcLDcHbS3g

I ‘ll try to find the words
I ‘ll try to find the way
To show you how I feel
To take pain away
With you I ‘m feeling strong
With you I ‘m feeling safe
Take me with you
And I ‘ll be ok…
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You are my world
You make things work
You are my world
Sing to my soul…
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I love this light in you
This light in your eyes
Even when you cry
Your face looks so bright
Just hold me tight
For one more time
Just hold me tight
And light up the night
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You are my world
You make things work
You are my world
Sing to my soul…

 

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