It will be less than a month until fans have a new Coldplay album buzzing around their heads, the British pop band has announced. A Head Full of Dreams, Coldplay’s seventh studio album, will officially hit digital and brick and mortar shelves on December 4.
Featuring collaborations with a wide array of musicians including Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher, and Tove Lo, the latest record was recorded in two parts in London and Malibu, CA, with special production by Norwegian duo Stargate.
In addition to announcing the upcoming record, the group has released the first single from their new effort, an upbeat dance pop number called Adventure of a Lifetime, which lead singer Chris Martin says is a good indication of the vibe of the new album. In a recent interview with BBC1, Martin said A Head Full of Dreams was centered around, “The sound of us being free and happy and very grateful to be in our group.”
It’s interesting to get an album with such an outright happy electronic vibe from a band known for spacier, piano-driven songs like Clocks or Yellow. However, Adventure of a Lifetime is an impressive first taste of the album, and if it is indeed the blue print for the songs to follow, it should be well worth a listen.
Martin has also teased that A Head Full of Dreams might be the group’s last, or at that they might at least take a significant break after the upcoming tour to promote the record. In a recent interview with Zane Lowe Martin said, “It’s our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it’s like the last Harry Potter book or something like that. Not to say that there might not be another thing one day, but this is the completion of something … I have to think of it as the final thing we’re doing. Otherwise we wouldn’t put everything into it.”
Regardless of whether or not more music from Coldplay will follow, it should be exciting to hear the new record, if only to learn what the band can do with positive vibes in mind.