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Coldplay talk 'Hispanic' new album


Story by Jack Foley

COLDPLAY claim their next album will have a “Hispanic theme” when it’s finally released in 2008.

In a handwritten message on their website, the band revealed that a tour of Latin America earlier this year (2007) and subsequent recording sessions in Spain had influenced their sound.

The message states: “No maracas or castanets but a vibrancy and colourfulness that owes much to the atmosphere of Buenos Aires and Barcelona.”

The new album – widely tipped to be named Prospekt – will be Coldplay’s fourth and their first since 2005’s massive X&Y.

That album easily became the biggest-selling album in the world in 2005 – but although it placed them on top of the world, the pressure placed on producing a suitable follow-up had created some “tension” in the recording studio.

But they have reassured fans that it’s all part of the process of progression.

The message continues: “Tension is an inherent part of recording. Without it, there’s no focus. What’s remarkable is that this friction very rarely ignites into flame.”

To add further fuel to the speculation surrounding the new album’s name, the mystery author of the message uses the alias “Prospekt”.

And commenting on a sit-down the band had with producer Brian Eno to review progress, Prospekt added: “Very little material got an unreserved thumbs up from everyone. However, far from feeling dispirited, we all came out feeling a lot more confident.

“It feels a lot better to check the map and know which direction you’re headed and how far you’ve got to go rather than wander around aimlessly and hope for the best.”

We wait with baited breath…