We never stop writing. We go into the studio with all the best laid plans then what we end up with is not what we intended. We have very exciting things lined up. While a few overdubs and a lot of comping were recorded at The Bakery, a lot of live recording and live takes were done on the new studio. I can only imagine that this will be reflected in the new material.
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We ne ver stop writing. We go into the studio with all the best laid plans then what we end up with is not what we intended. We have very exciting things lined up. Part of Mylo Xyloto was also recorded on the same place, however this time they used a new studio, near the original, called The Beehive.
While a few overdubs and a lot of comping were recorded at The Bakery, a lot of live recording and live takes were done on the new studio. The Beehive was described by Rik Simpson, one of the producers, as a "large room". I can only imagine that this will be reflected in the new material. The album tells the story of a war against sound and colour by a supremeist government, set in the world of Silencia , an Orwellian society.
Silencia has been taken over by a supremacist government, led by Major Minus , who controls the population through media and propaganda. His aim is to take sound and colour off the streets in hope to draw away "feeders", creatures that use such energy to hunt its prey. The album follows Mylo , a "silencer", who is one of an army tasked to hunt and track down "sparkers", people who harness light and energy and use it to create sparks, comparable to graffiti in real life.
He comes across Xyloto, a sparker who is the most wanted by Major Minus. Drummer Will Champion has noted that the album is a story of the characters "falling in love and trying to escape together", with a general theme of "love conquering all". Style and creation Edit Mylo Xyloto is a concept album, according to Chris Martin , "based on a love story with a happy ending.
Lyrically, the album is inspired by "old school American graffiti" and "the White Rose Movement. The band later said they got to a point where they were trying to make two records, a stripped-down album, that started to be recorded first, along with an electric one that was already being called Mylo Xyloto by the band.
However they later decided to combine both albums. Chris Martin pointed another song as a reason too: "We have a song called Charlie Brown , which was the centrepiece of this other record we started first. Songs from both records ended up on the final album, world beat elements from the predecessor Viva la Vida are present but the overall production of it became electronic influenced.
The electro rock sound can be heard through the whole album, beginning with opening song " Hurts Like Heaven " which has synthesised sounds and vocals predominantly on vocoder. The next track, " Paradise ", also shows the band stepping outside of their comfort zone and going into the new electronic territory. The album has three short instrumentals which are included as noodling experimental electronic interjections on the record. The band had already started to research and work with graffiti on their home studios, The Bakery and The Beehive, London, England , when designer Misty Buckley introduced Paris to them, as they were looking for a graffiti artist to teach them the techniques to do it.
Coldplay wanted it to be an explosion of vivid colors as a counterpoint to the subdued color palette of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends , and at the same time there were lots of lyrics and codes they wished to add. Researches and development into street art started six months before the work had begun. Then a graffiti wall was painted by the band itself and Paris, formed by nine parts.
Tappin Gofton wanted the whole evolution of the wall, so at the end of every day loads of super detailed photos would be taken from it.
In some they stated that it had no meaning and that they had had the title in mind for at least two years before deciding upon it. Another meaning suggested by the frontman was that the name was supposed to be a graffiti tag for the band, relating "xylophone" to the word "xyloto".
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