30 oracle items tagged as asfos
April 30, 2015 / submitted by Brooke, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Was the artist who illustrated the Atlas music video the same person who illustrated the A Sky Full of Stars single art? The art styles are quite similar. Thank you!

The Atlas video illustrations were by Micah Lidberg but, as with all the Ghost Stories artwork, the ASFOS single art was by Mila Furstova.

February 5, 2015 / submitted by Aditya, Indonesia
Q.  Just saw a video Coldplay's BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session covering Rihanna's We Found Love, it's really interesting.

But one thing that still intriguing me, it's sound a little bit similar with A Sky Full of Stars. Do you picking cues or some tunes from that cover for A Sky Full of Stars?

While I can understand why you may think they sound similar, if you're talking about the time in Norwich - around the time MX was released - the cover was unplugged so I don't really see the similarity much myself. However, I do see how We Found Love and ASFOS share the same genre. Both are EDM which isn't surprising given We Found Love was written & produced by (as well as featuring Calvin Harris) and Avicii was very much a part of ASFOS.
Being influenced by a song is obviously very different to "picking tunes".

January 22, 2015 / submitted by Pat, United States of America
Q.  Didn't Anchorman tweet a picture of Phil in a Koala suit at the ASFOS music video shoot in Australia? He doesn't make it into the actual video, does he?

I didn't see a photo tweet by Anchorman of the person in a koala suit. Anchorman wasn't on set, so I don't know who took it but I believe such a thing does exist. Thinking back, I do recall seeing Phil - and other band crew / personnel - fleetingly in the background of the video but he is definitely not in the koala suit.

November 19, 2014 / submitted by John, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Great and Powerful Oracle,

In your opinion, do you think that A Sky Full Of Stars breaks the usual Coldplay musical style? You know, like, it's Coldplay's first try at EDM but they're better off with their usual Alternative Rock . Plus, they say that it's more of an Avicii song than a Coldplay song. So do you personally think that they should write more songs that are EDM or stay with their traditional style. (Note: Chris Martin stated that he feels like he "cheated" the band because he asked Avicii to play the piano instead of him.)

Yes it breaks the norm but I don't think there's anything wrong with stepping into different genres of music. Even though you can hear the Avicii influence, it's still Coldplay.
I'm sure they will experiment again but they have not changed their style, just worked with a new one.

November 3, 2014 / submitted by Jessica, United States of America
Q.  In Coldplay's newest single A Sky Full of Stars, I can't help but to notice the influence of electronic music in the melody. I was wondering if they had inspiration from EDM or if an electronic DJ helped produce the song? I would love to find out - Jessica

Chris always intended for the song to have an EDM feel. This is reflected in the fact Avicii (renowned EDM artist / producer) was involved with the track.

October 2, 2014 / submitted by Sarah, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi dear Oracle,

We know that Chris had to convinced the band to include A Sky Full Of Stars in Ghost Stories.
Do you know why? Was the song written at the end of the Ghost Stories' process?


They tried ASFOS many ways and Will, Guy & Jonny weren't completely convinced by the version that Chris was determined to release. It is is one of the first times that Chris was so adamant that they finally relented and agreed on the version. I have to admit, I wasn't sure either but Chris was right.
I believe it was written later in the session because Chris describes the song as being the light at the end of the tunnel; a happy ending of hope if you will. He said all the other songs lead to ASFOS.

October 2, 2014 / submitted by Tshepo, South Africa
Q.  Hey Oracle

I was wondering in the video of ASFOS, what video was playing on the television sets as Chris was playing his guitar?

As you may know, there was another video made before they went to Australia but the band didn't like it. What you can see on those TV sets in the shop window is a snippet of that ditched video.

October 1, 2014 / submitted by Eleanor, United States of America
Q.  Love the ASFoS video, so joyful! Was it shot in one take to really give it a "live" feel? If not, it still feels that way.

Although it does look like it was filmed in one take, it actually wasn't.

September 11, 2014 / submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands
Q.  Hello Oracle,

I just found this video of a concert in Australia. What does Chris say at 40:18? I'd love to know that.

Isabelle, Netherlands.

Just before they play ASFOS he says, "If you are wearing a tie, now might be the time to take it off".

September 9, 2014 / submitted by Katherine , United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,
This is the first time I am writing to you but I am so awaiting your response. I am studying music and I always look'' beyond'' songs, videos meaning ''how it is made''. I have question regarding video A Sky Full of Stars that I love btw. In the minute 1:13 Chris is joining the rest of the band, then they play together, after that he walks away and the rest of the band left behind turns their left, then in the minute 2:40 they meet again but Jonny, Guy and Will come from Chris'... RIGHT. In my opinion this is the mistake in video making. You may hate me for that but although I love the video that outside scenery does not match studio recording that can he hear in the song but car's honks and people screaming gives us great impression that the music is actually played! My love to all the band! Ps. I regret I did not manage to purchase ticket for Royal Albert Hall as the photos are marvelous.


Firstly, bands do not play live in their music videos; they play along to the backing track. Music videos do not have to match the studio recording and the atmosphere would have been lost if they'd have edited out the street sounds.
Secondly, not that it's a video that relies on its continuity to tell a story, I'm not sure I can agree with your theory. We can't see where the rest of the band go after they first play together. They may be out of shot but I assume they are walking down the same road as Chris in the same direction but reach their destination quicker and wait for Chris. That's what it looks like to me anyway.