Berlin (dpa) - Three generations in one song? Coldplay makes it possible. The song "Arabesque" of the British pop band is strongly influenced by Fela Kuti, who died in 1997, the Grailkeeper of Afrobeat.
The set of wind instruments left Coldplay recording Kuti's son Femi and grandson Made. The gripping result can be heard on "Everyday Life". The double album is the first Coldplay recording in four years.
"Arabesque" is the blast on the album. The driving beat dates back to times when producer Brian Eno suspended lead singer Chris Martin for two weeks from the band. The other Coldplay musicians should find themselves without their frontman. That left a lot of jams, including the basic beat for "Arabesque". "I loved that for years," says Martin in the video about the production. The brass arrangements were made by the Kutis. This was also the first time a saxophone on a Coldplay album.
A French stanza by «Arabesque» contributed to the Belgian multi-talent Stromae. "Stromae may be one of the best artists in the world," Martin said in a BBC interview. "His last album 'Racine carrée' is brilliant, it blew me away. I think that influenced our album a lot. We made friends, I asked him if he would sing along and he said: ok. »
The double album is divided into "Sunrise" and "Sunset". Double album? Well, there are 16 pieces. However, several parts do not get beyond an interlude. "Everyday Life" is shorter overall than some of the seven individual previous albums, which mark the global success of Coldplay since the international breakthrough with "Parachutes" 19 years ago.
Four years have passed since the last album, two years back the celebrated tour. Now the release of "Everyday Life" was like a hidden staging: even before the PR machine spun, the band mailed letters to completely surprised fans, announcing the album. Classifieds were placed in newspapers.
Similarly unusual is the style mix of the musicians on the album. Of course there is the finest coldplay pop as in "Church" or "Champions Of The World", quieter passages have the album with "Trouble in Town" or "Daddy", even choral sounds in "When I Need A Friend". In Gospel with the pop voice of Martin as on "broken" must diehard fans of both styles probably first.
Many of the new songs are influenced or accompanied by Martin's recordings from around the world. He cuts pretty much everything by smartphone, he told the BBC. "When someone sings or dances, I just pick it up." And get the number "in case we sample it". According to Martin Samples from Buenos Aires, Paris, Italy, "Everyday Life" includes many other corners of the globe.
The political commitment of the musicians is impressively evident in "Orphans" (orphans). "We've been thinking a lot about all the kids in the refugee camps," Martin told the US broadcaster "Radio.com" about the song. "People who are only referred to as migrants, refugees, immigrants. These are people like everyone else, who have been taken to other places and just want to go home and be normal like everyone else. "
Chris Martin now speaks of a liberation of the band. "I'm just happy and thankful to be human. I do not care if someone does not like what we do. But I love what we do. "Martin put it a bit more drastically in the US channel KYSR:" Our attitude is now: Fuck it, just do what you want to do and do not worry about it. "
Speaking of "Fuck it": also on Coldplay albums are now strong words to hear. "Cursing helps sometimes," Martin knows from everyday life. So far, such places have always been struck out by the band, "that's the way we work." Everyday Life is different: "It's the first album our drummer Will Champion allowed me to do."
The well-known black-and-white warning for parents on "Explicit Content" does not need "Everyday Life". In "Arabesque", for example, Coldplay sings of people who belong together. They have the same fucking blood.