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Coldplay Premiere New Song "Midnight"

Early on Tuesday (Feb. 25th) Coldplay shared the following message on their Facebook page; "Something new at 0:00 in Ulaanbaatar #midnight PH". Ulaanbaatar is a city in Mongolia, and midnight there was 11am New York time today. At exactly 11am EST the British alternative rock band premiered online their brand new song "Midnight".

"Midnight" is the first offering from Coldplay's forthcoming sixth studio album. It's been three long years since "Mylo Xyloto", although the last new Coldplay music we actually heard was released last summer. It was "Atlas", from the "Catching Fire" soundtrack.

"Midnight" marks the beginning of a new era. The sixth album of Coldplay will arrive in stores later this year. The question is "Midnight" the first "official" single from the new album? or just a one-track Coldplay decided to release as "warm-up"?

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Coldplay return with surprise brand new single 'Midnight'
Check out eerie video and bizarre departure in sound

Coldplay have surprised fans by unveiling a surprise new single a, surprising fans in the process. Check out 'Midnight' below.

'Midnight' is a surprising departure in sound for Chris Martin and co, adopting a Bon Iver-esque vocoder sound and ambient synth atmospherics. It's a strange one, probably for fans of their more experimental moments and less for anyone waiting for another 'Fix You'.

It seems to be building up to an all-out rave crescendo, that never happens.

The video, directed by Mary Wigmore, is just some spooky inverted silhouettes of the band larking around in the woods. It is believed that the track is a stand-alone single and not taken from their new album, expected later this year.

Coldplay are said to be releasing their sixth album later this year, with tour dates expected by summer.

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Coldplay: "Midnight"



Coldplay's most recent record, Mylo Xyloto, was released back in 2011. Today they've shared the first hint at a new record via the atmospheric video for "Midnight" (which seems to suggest that Chris Martin has spent a fair amount of time with Bon Iver...) The video was directed by Mary Wigmore.

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Coldplay’s new single “Midnight”



What do we have here? Coldplay has unveiled a new song titled “Midnight” and, by the sound of it, Chris Martin has officially filed away U2′s October, opting instead for Bon Iver’s 2011 self-titled album. Over Eno-inspired landscapes, the UK outfit sound primed for a coffee house over Wembley Arena. It’s a new jacket for Martin, that’s for sure, though it’s not like he couldn’t use a new one (link to that weird jacket).

Might it be for a Justin Vernon tribute album — or, the band’s sixth studio album? While we wait for details, check out the corresponding video, directed by Mary Wigmore, below.

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Coldplay Make Surprise Return With ‘Midnight’
Stadium giants channel Bon Iver & darkwave on their new single.

Coldplay's returning single 'Midnight' is unexpected in several ways. 1) It's a standalone single, released out of the blue. 2) It sees the band recruiting vocoder for the first time. They end up sounding a little like Bon Iver, only with more twinkling bells and obviously a lot more Chris Martin.

There's none of the nu-rave-revivalism of last album 'Mylo Xyloto'. Glowsticks could be appropriate, at a push. Actually thinking about this, this song could go into full on 'Coldplay party mode' in an instant. Instead it gets very darkwave-y and mindblowingly synth-y.

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Coldplay unveil new track 'Midnight'
Band reveal video for new song

Coldplay have revealed a new track titled 'Midnight'

The band shared the video for the track, which was directed by Mary Wigmore, on their official website. They are currently believed to be working on their sixth studio album. Their last effort, 'Mylo Xyloto', was released in October 2011 and went on to sell over eight million copies worldwide.

In September last year, meanwhile, the group revealed their track 'Atlas', which was taken from the soundtrack to the film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and in December 2013 they played a surprise intimate show at a pub in Somerset where they treated drinkers to tracks including 'Yellow', 'The Scientist' and 'Paradise'.

Coldplay are set to appear at this year's South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. The British band will perform on the first night of iTunes Festival at SXSW, the first time the music provider has brought its own festival to the US event. Coldplay will play live in a bill which also includes Imagine Dragons on March 11 at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre.

Coldplay released their debut album, 'Parachutes', in 2000 and have since gone on to make LPs including 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head' (2002), 'X&Y' (2005) and 'Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends' (2009).

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Coldplay "Midnight"

When we woke up this morning, we had no idea that we'd be hearing a new single from Coldplay, but the arena-filling British pop band have unexpectedly rolled out a new music video for their new song "Midnight."

The song is a low-key number that mixes frontman Chris Martin's falsetto coos with Bon Iver-style vocal processing and a quiet, electronic-tinged arrangement. The minimalism gradually swells towards something more epically cinematic, and it sounds like it might turn into a typical Coldplay anthem, but it never does.

The accompanying video shows the band members exploring a forest, with negative black and white shots that make them appear like ghosts. It was directed by Mary Wingmore.

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Coldplay Pull A Beyoncé With Surprise Release Of New Single, 'Midnight'
Mysterious new track appeared out of nowhere on Tuesday, is a new album coming soon?

Well, that was certainly a surprise.

On Tuesday, (February 25), at the stroke of midnight, Ulaanbaatar time — because why not? — Coldplay shocked fans with the release of a brand-new song, an atmospheric, amniotic electronic track aptly titled "Midnight."

The song — which, presumably, is taken from Coldplay's upcoming sixth studio album — is a markedly minimalist departure from the sonic wallop of the band's last album, 2011's Mylo Xyloto, beginning with chiming electronics and Chris Martin's plaintive, thoroughly treated vocals (recalling Bon Iver, as many fans have begun pointing out), then gradually building to a thumping, synth-heavy crescendo before eventually fading away. And the track takes it's time, too, slowly spreading over the span of five-plus minutes.

"Midnight" was accompanied by a moody, black-and-white video, directed by Mary Wigmore, who made the band's "The Hardest Part" clip and is also the godmother of Martin's and actress Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter, Apple.

That's about all the info we've got at the moment — there's still no word on who produced "Midnight," or if it is, in fact, the first single off Coldplay's album. When reached for comment, a rep for the band would only tell MTV News that there are no additional details about either.

But according to some reports, Coldplay's new album is due in May or June, and will apparently harken back to their massive A Rush of Blood to the Head record. Last year, Coldplay wrote a new song, "Atlas," for the "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack.

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Coldplay - “Midnight” Video
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Coldplay have come out of the blue today to premiere a music video for a brand new song titled "Midnight." Aside from their Hunger Games soundtrack contribution "Atlas," this would be the UK arena rockers first piece of new music since their 2011 album Mylo Xyloto, and looks to be a precursor to their their next full-length. Click below to watch the visual and listen to the track, with the general consensus being that the band has taken some serious influence from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon.

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Coldplay Return With New Song 'Midnight' And Eerie Music Video
The 'Fix You' stars surprise fans with their new release.

Coldplay have surprised their fans today (25th February) by releasing a new song and eerie music video.

The track is called 'Midnight' and is a departure from their more familiar material.

The video features infrared-style silhouettes of the group roaming around forest and was directed by Mary Wigmore.

Coldplay are currently busy working on their sixth studio album and the follow-up to 2011's 'Mylo Xyloto'.

The new song, produced by Jon Hopkins, is believed to be a stand alone single and is not expected to feature on their next album.

Fans have been taking to Twitter to comment on the unusual sound of the track with many comparisons to Bon Iver filling people's timelines.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sounds like Chris Martin has been pretty inspired by <a href="https://twitter.com/boniver">@boniver</a> - really liking this new <a href="https://twitter.com/coldplay">@coldplay</a> single <a href="https://t.co/26bVvzXnu1">https://t.co/26bVvzXnu1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23midnight&amp;src=hash">#midnight</a></p>&mdash; Jessica Chiulli (@jchiulli) <a href="https://twitter.com/jchiulli/statuses/438356451309125632">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ever wanted to know what a collab between Bon Iver and Sigur Ros would sound like? Here's Coldplay's &quot;Midnight&quot;. <a href="http://t.co/17OvkzHj8G">http://t.co/17OvkzHj8G</a></p>&mdash; Brandon S. (@IAmRedSky) <a href="https://twitter.com/IAmRedSky/statuses/438347426068316160">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Meanwhile, the band recently announced that they would be performing on the first night of the iTunes Festival at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas this year.

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Coldplay get mixed reaction to surprise comeback track Midnight
Coldplay divided fans when they pulled a Beyoncé and dropped a surprise musical comeback on fans.

Chris Martin and the boys took the music world by surprise when they posted the stealthy new video to their comeback track Midnight on their Twitter feed, posting: ‘Here is the video for our new song, Midnight…’

Hours earlier they had signalled something was to come when they teased that ‘something new’ was coming.

The slow pace dreaming dance track sees the band hanging out in the woods shot in night vision.

The tune is the British powerhouse’s first offering since their song Atlas for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

Aside from that the group have left fans yearning for more since releasing their last studio album in 2011, Mylo Xyloto.

The group’s new direction has left fans at odds.

‘I love where they’re going,’ wrote fan George Barnett.

But others dubbed it a ‘bad song’ and ‘awful’.

Their shock jock tactic mirrors Martin’s close family friend Beyoncé Knowles, who stunned fans when she released her new album Beyoncé this year, leaving it soaring instantly across charts the globe.

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Coldplay make surprising return with new single ‘Midnight’
The band unveiled the new track on their Facebook page this afternoon

Coldplay have debuted a surprising new song today, along with a brilliantly strange music video. 'Midnight' has shades of Bon Iver and Imogen Heap wrapped inside the emotive vocal from Chris Martin and some nifty vocoder work to give it an otherworldly quality.

The trippy video was directed by Mary Wigmore and features silhouettes of the boys throwing some serious shapes in a forest. Oh, and there are wolves.

'Midnight' is the first song to be lifted from their forthcoming sixth album, which is due out later this year. It follows the hugely successful Mylo Xyloto.

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Coldplay's new song 'Midnight': What does it mean?
Completely unannounced - and quite possibly on the advice of Beyoncé - Coldplay decided to plonk a new track on the internet this afternoon.

Okay, so Beyoncé probably didn't have a hand in it, but once we recovered from the initial shock of there being new Coldplay available for our ears, we had to try and decipher the change in sound the band have seemingly taken.


Their previous album Mylo Xyloto heard them sprinkle pop electronics over their soaring serenades, but the first teaser from album number six strays much further beyond that. It's subdued, murky, twinkling, but definitely not lead single material on first listen.

What hit us the hardest is Chris Martin's vocoded vocals. The frontman's tone has become ubiquitous in modern soft rock, but 'Midnight' hears it distorted, with any hint of recognition gently drifting away further into the darkness. It's probably a nod to the track's namesake, primed to make the vocal effect waft around the song so you don't really know which direction it's coming from. You're almost blind to where the track is going to go next.

But most likely that's the point. As much as Coldplay have been branded MOR-rock in some circles, you can't deny the band are not afraid of taking risks. They've filled up stadiums with their gliding piano ballads, they've hinted at revolution with their thumping anthems and they've already got frisky with Rihanna in a music video, so smacking us with yet another turn is what we should have all been expecting.

What Chris Martin and his vocoder will sound like when morning comes and they're out of the woods, we'll have to wait and see, but one thing is for certain: Coldplay never fail to shake up their sound and become even more successful with it. As always, it's just going to take us a little bit of time to get used to it.

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Coldplay – Midnight | New Music

The smooth, big, rocking sounds of Coldplay are back today, but this time around things are a little different. The group returns today with a brand new track for our listening enjoyment, unleashing a new cut called “Midnight” for our ears to devour.

The track is a bit of a different sound for the band, driven by laid back, melodic driven, mellowed out elements that get backed up by minimal drum work, and some airy, slightly haunting vocals from Chris Martin. The track takes on an almost Bon Iver type of feel, while incorporating some different elements and accents that we haven’t heard before from Coldplay. The track definitely sucks you in and will captivate you until its finished.

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Stop what you're doing: there's a new Coldplay song
Ahead of their South By Southwest performance next month, the band have launched new track Midnight on their website

Fans of indie, vocoders and heat sensor videos, stop what you’re doing, reconsider your hobbies and listen up: Coldplay have unveiled the video for a brand-new single.

Posting Midnight on their official website today, the Blair Witch-alike video was directed by Mary Wigmore and is their first proper single since the Hunger Games soundtracking Atlas.

The song’s ambience and ghostliness is certainly very contemporary sounding, but as a dedicated Coldplay fan this isn’t entirely what I was after from their new material. While enterally supportive of their progression, I would rather Coldplay released something that sounded a little more like it was recorded in 2001, possibly round someone’s dad’s garage and potentially while wearing really faded vintage sports t-shirts. Or at the very least, just give me some distinguishable lyrics.

Coldplay going to be performing at this year’s South By Southwest in Austin, Texas on the first night of iTunes Festival. The band are currently said to be working on their sixth studio album, the follow up to Mylo Xyloto.

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Coldplay drops new video unexpectedly – “Midnight”

Coldplay just released a new video for a song called “Midnight”, one that sounds like they’ve been studying from the school of Justin Vernon and Bon Iver. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it sounds like a bit of a departure from the bright-and-sunny and into the gloom for the band that always feels a bit more bombastic about their approach to music.

The end and the build-up with that synth line really takes the mood to a different level, though — definitely stay with this one until the end.

I dig it.

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Coldplay Premiere Surprising New Song “Midnight”: Watch The Video

Viva La Vida was Coldplay‘s “experimental” album, and while ambitious and occasionally quirky, it still stuck to a strictly Coldplay brand of grandiose arena rock. But on new song “Midnight,” we’re now hearing what a truly experimental Coldplay product sounds like. The first thing to jump out is the vocals: When did Chris Martin‘s voice get soulful? When did he learn to use the vocoder? Soon enough, the entirety of the song shows itself to be a departure from their usual blueprint.

It’s a haunting electronic soundscape that not only lacks the band’s trademark anthemic choruses and stadium-filling guitar lines, but boasts nary a hook and has few decipherable lyrics. Not to mention there’s a full-on trance bridge. No word yet on whether this cut is from their forthcoming album, but it’s certainly a bold offering. (And it’ll be interesting to see if they’re applauded for evolving their sound, or if they’ll be accused of ripping off acts like Bon Iver and Imogen Heap.)

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Coldplay Go Atmospheric in Surprise "Midnight" Video
Chris Martin and crew return with a new track that unavoidably sounds a lot like Bon Iver

Coldplay appear to be gearing up to release their sixth album. Today, out of nowhere, the British superstars released a video for their new song "Midnight," which sounds a lot more like Bon Iver than it does Coldplay. Still, Chris Martin's voice is clear and identifiable, even if its role on this song is to function as breath fogging up a mirror.

We last heard from Coldplay in 2013, when the aching ballad "Atlas" appeared on the soundtrack to Hunger Games: Catching Fire. They have yet to release any details about a new album, though it's fair to assume something more radio-ready might be on the way if "Midnight" is meant to set the tone for their forthcoming project.

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Watch the Video for Coldplay’s Haunting New Single “Midnight”
Coldplay trades climax for tension on a left-of-center, Bon Iver-evoking new single

It’s easy to take them for granted given their longevity and association with cool dads the world over, but Coldplay are a rare breed: an international successful, critically acclaimed rock band, topping charts and selling out stadiums in an era where that concept seems almost charmingly antiquated. While 2011’s Mylo Xyloto didn’t quite match the success of the band’s first few full-lengths, it holds up today as a gleaming example of creatively ambitious, macro-scale pop-rock, dense with hooks and shined to a sparkle.

The band is prepping their as-yet-untitled sixth studio album for release later this year, and just released the first single from said album: “Midnight” glides for five minutes on clusters of processed harmonies and frosty pulses, as Chris Martin and co. navigate some sort of parallel universe X-ray forest in the accompanying video. “Midnight” occasionally threatens to shatter and morph over the course of its runtime but never blossoms into one of Coldplay’s trademark climaxes, instead blurring into a phosphene cloud of synth melodies. It’s another step in a new direction for a band that’s never been content with staying in place.

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Watch Coldplay's Woodsy, Bon Iver-Hued 'Midnight' Video
Chris Martin Auto-Tunes his falsetto for negative-style clip, as album details remain unclear

Back in September, Coldplay released "Atlas," their first new piece of music since 2011's Mylo Xyloto. That piano ballad, which appeared on the Catching Fire soundtrack and was nominated for a Golden Globe, sounded as if it could have been at home on any of their five studio albums, giving us no real indication of what to expect from their next full-length.

Fast forward to today, when the quartet released the new song "Midnight" and its accompanying Mary Wigmore-directed video. The subtle track has all the makings of something Bon Iver would've put on their Blood Bank EP or 2011 self-titled album, with Chris Martin crooning in an Auto-Tuned, multi-tracked falsetto. As for the video, it's shot to look like a film reel's negative, showing the band hanging out in some woods and having a bit of synth-induced freakout.

While Coldplay have yet to announce any info on a possible sixth album, stay tuned in the coming weeks. On March 14, the band will headline the opening night of the first American iTunes festival, held in Austin in conjuction with SXSW.

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