Ghost Stories is Coldplay’s first album since 2011’s Mylo Xyloto, and their first since frontman Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow announced their “conscious uncoupling.” Martin said in a recent interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe that the end of his marriage influenced the material he wrote for Ghost Stories. “About two years ago,” Martin explained, “I was a mess, really, because I can’t enjoy the things that we were good at and I can’t enjoy the great things around me because I’m burdened by this. I’ve got to not blame anyone else and make some changes.”
In addition to listening to the new album, Coldplay fans can watch Martin and company play the songs live on Coldplay: Ghost Stories. The NBC concert special was shot by Paul Dugdale – the filmmaker behind the documentary Coldplay Live 2012 – back in March. It blends “360-degree imagery” with live footage from a Los Angeles gig where Coldplay performed Ghost Stories in full. The hour-long special is scheduled to air the day before the new album’s release, Sunday, May 18.