According to Chris Martin, the album is “based on a love story with a happy ending,” in which two protagonists living in an oppressive, dystopian, urban environment, meet one another through a gang and fall in love.
“Music comes from a place we don’t know,” Martin told the New York Times. Alright, we’re with you so far, Chris. “It sort of comes through the fingers and toes,” he continued (not sure about that, but he would know better than most). “So we came up with the idea of, what if you had musical digits, like xylo toes?” Martin concluded.
Mylo Xyloto. Pronouncing it “my-low zy-le-toe”.