Coldplay – Kaleidoscope (EP Review)

Coldplay – Kaleidoscope (EP Review)

When Coldplay’s Chris Martin said in his interview on Zane Lowe’s show on BBC Radio 1 back in December 2014 that 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams would be their final album, many fans believed that it was only an expression of sentimentality by the bandleader. And true enough, their doubt was confirmed this year when news of the English band’s working on a new batch of materials was announced. In fact, the new album, albeit only an EP, was preceded by a highly publicized collaboration with The Chainsmokers, in the duo’s debut album released last April. Just two months fresh from this affair, Coldplay now unleashes its own new work, titled Kaleidoscope.

Released digitally on July 14, 2017 via Parlophone, and set for physical release on August 4th, Coldplay’s overall thirteenth EP consists of five tracks, which serve as a sneak peek into the rest of what the band is currently working on.

Kaleidoscope begins with the sparse and pulsating Sophisti-Pop “All I Can Think About Is You,” and then followed by the piano-led, poppy, jazzy ballad “Miracles (Something Special).” The mood is then uplifted by the hovering spacey shimmer of the aptly titled “Aliens.” The penultimate track is a remix of the song the quartet of Martin (vocals, piano), Guy Berryman (bass), Jonny Buckland (lead guitar), and Will Champion (drums) contributed to The Chainsmokers’ successful Memories…Do Not Open.

Finally, Kaleidoscope closes with the haunting ballad “Hypnotised,” whose undulating piano flourishes and soaring falsettos prove to be truly captivating and mesmerizing just like many of Coldplay’s classic hit singles, which include “Yellow,” “In My Place,” “The Scientist,” “Fix You,” “Don’t Panic,” “Clocks,” and “Speed of Sound.”

Short and sweet at barely half an hour, Kaleidoscope is a perfect taster to the rest of what is yet to come from the adorable and hardworking band that was formed in 1996, in London, England. A pleasant surprise to fans, CrypticRock gives Kaleidoscope 4 out of 5 stars.

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Born in 1971, in Metro Manila, Philippines, aLfie vera mella is a healthcare worker, singer/songwriter, and editor/writer. He was the frontman of the ’90s-peaking Philippine Alternative Rock / New Wave band Half Life Half Death, which released a full-length album and several singles on Viva Records. aLfie worked at Diwa Scholastic Press as an editor/writer of academic textbooks and supplementary magazines, focusing on Science & Technology and English Grammar & Literature. In 2003, aLfie migrated to Canada; he has since been living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He works full-time at a healthcare institution, while serving as the associate contributing editor of Filipino Journal—a local community newspaper in Winnipeg—tackling Literature, Languages, Cultures, Lifestyles, and Music. aLfie has been a music journalist since the mid-’90s for various print magazines as well as websites. He started writing album reviews for Cryptic Rock in 2015. In 2016, aLfie published Part One (Literature & Languages and Their Cultural Significance) of his Essay Series, Can You Hear the Sound of a Falling Leaf?; in 2021, his first book of poetry, Pag-íhip sa Dáhon ng Kahápon [Blowing Leaves of Yesterday]. In his spare time, he enjoys reading books and listening to music. aLfie is a dedicated father to his now 13-year-old son, Evawwen; and a loving husband to Kathryn Mella, who herself moonlights also as a writer aside from holding a degree in Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology.

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