LIsten to this: New singles from Coldplay and London Grammar

By Nicholas Jennings

England’s Coldplay and London Grammar are both blessed with gifted singers. Chris Martin’s sensitive croon has been a huge part of Coldplay’s success as the world’s biggest pop band, while Hannah Reid’s striking voice has helped to make London Grammar a global contender. Both acts have new singles out this week that showcase the power of their vocalists.

Coldplay

“All I Can Think About is You”

Although it starts out slow and hypnotic, the new single from Coldplay’s Kaleidoscope EP builds to the type of dramatic climax the band is known for. “Love is the only thing left that's true,” sings Chris in the epic song, striking a classic Coldplay note of hopeful optimism.

Coldplay, which brings its current tour to Canada in August and September, just completed its European leg and posted this magical photo on Instagram of Chris at the band’s concert in Brussels.

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London Grammar

“Oh Woman Oh Man”

The English indie pop trio’s latest single from its #1 album, Truth is a Beautiful Thing, is a dreamy, moody affair that, according to Hannah, “mirrors the question of identity, and to what extent gender plays a role in it.” As usual, her distinctive, soaring vocal is central to the sound.

London Grammar tweeted a clip of the new song after performing it brilliantly on BBC Radio’s Live Lounge.

Hello music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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