Spin doc­tor

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

HAV­ING con­sciously uncoupled one­self from the trauma of watch­ing Kylie Minogue on the Logies last weekend, SD has moved on to other mat­ters, in­clud­ing the lyrics to Cold­play’s new al­bum Ghost Sto­ries, due for re­lease in Aus­tralia on May 16. As was re­vealed this week, the en­ter­pris­ing Cold­play chaps came up with the idea of hid­ing singer Chris Martin’s lyrics to the nine songs on the al­bum in ghost story books lo­cated in li­braries around the world. One of them, Al­ways in My Head, turned up in Helsinki in­side a copy of Clive Barker’s Mis­ter B. Gone; an­other, Magic, was found in Mex­ico City hid­den in a Span­ish trans­la­tion of Charles Dick­ens’s A Christ­mas Carol. As more of the lyrics be­came pub­lic, how­ever, the keen ob­server would have noted in Martin’s po­etry a cer­tain “con­scious un­cou­pling” theme. Lines such as “when the pain just rips right through me”, from An­other’s Arms, is one, while “I’ve lost you now/ you let me go” from True Love is an­other. There are many more such out­pour­ings of a lovelorn na­ture within the Ghost Sto­ries text. Martin ad­mit­ted in a BBC in­ter­view this week that the band mem­bers had de­cided to be hon­est about what had been go­ing on in their lives on their sixth al­bum. It ap­pears his failed mar­riage to ac­tress Gwyneth Pal­trow is chief among the is­sues. HATS off to an­other English pop star, Ed Sheeran, who graced our shores this week and crammed in six sur­prise gigs in two days, in­clud­ing one at my lo­cal school, be­fore head­ing to New Zealand. Sheeran was per­form­ing songs from his new al­bum Mul­ti­ply, or X if you pre­fer, which is re­leased world­wide on June 23. SINGER Dan Sul­tan, no stranger to this page re­cently, was in the news again this week, named as the star turn for this year’s Na­tional Indige­nous Mu­sic Awards, which take place in Dar­win on Au­gust 15. The NIMAs, as they are known, are the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of indige­nous record­ings and per­form­ers. Fi­nal­ists for the awards, in­clud­ing artist of the year, al­bum of the year and song of the year, will be an­nounced in July. Nom­i­na­tions are open un­til June 20. You can find out more at nima.mu­sicnt.com.au

While we’re in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, en­tries are now open, un­til June 6, for the an­nual NT Song of the Year Awards. You can get the de­tails at www.ntsong.mu­sicnt.com.au. IT was brought to my at­ten­tion this week that Gold Coast death metal ex­po­nent Widow the Sea was plan­ning to cel­e­brate the re­lease of its new al­bum, Aphe­lion, by dec­i­mat­ing Bris­bane dur­ing its con­cert in the city on Thurs­day. One hasn’t heard from any­body there since then, but I hope you’re all OK.

spin­doc@ theaus­tralian.com.au

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