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Coldplay's New Song 'Midnight' Doesn't Sound Like a Coldplay Song

When Apple announced that Coldplay would be making a stop at their iTunes Festival at South by Southwest this March, people figured it meant there would be new music from the British rockers soon enough. But no one anticipated that it would arrive this week, nor that it would be quite so polarizing.

Coldplay's surprise new single "Midnight" dropped at the stroke of midnight in Mongolia (?!), accompanied by a mysterious black-and-white video. It's a far cry from the anthemic stadium rock that hipsters love to hate — and it's not clear how everyone feels about it, just yet.

The austere track sees Chris Martin experimenting with a vocoder, which of course means that certain indie rock comparisons are unavoidable. Consequence of Sound speculated that the track may be featured on a "Justin Vernon tribute album," and Slate called it a "bad parody of Bon Iver."

The fans are down with it, though — even if they can't quite tell what Martin's singing about.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Am I the only one who doesn't know what the heck they're saying? <a href="https://twitter.com/coldplay">@Coldplay</a> Lyrics please. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23midnight&amp;src=hash">#midnight</a> <a href="http://t.co/GR37K2GHWj">http://t.co/GR37K2GHWj</a></p>&mdash; Desi J (@Desi_J) <a href="https://twitter.com/Desi_J/statuses/438430712010899456">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I want to tweet some lyrics to midnight but all I hear is &quot;iiiiin the daaaaarkness&quot;</p>&mdash; Look At The Stars♡ (@mx_coldplay_mx) <a href="https://twitter.com/mx_coldplay_mx/statuses/438364825886785537">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Im loving the musiC in <a href="https://twitter.com/coldplay">@Coldplay</a> new song midnight but i Can't understand what Chris is saying but the video is trippy</p>&mdash; Teshurah (@_brooklyntooWVU) <a href="https://twitter.com/_brooklyntooWVU/statuses/438424476783374336">February 25, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Coldplay Release Surprise Music Video Just Like The Pop Diva!
Surprise!

Coldplay might be taking some tips from Beyoncé, as the band has just surprisingly released a completely new music video, similar to what Beyoncé did with her surprise album.

The video, for their new single called Midnight, suddenly appeared on Tuesday without any prior indication that the group was recording a new album or filming a new music video.

The song seems to be taking the band into a new style of music, as it has a somewhat electronic sound to it.

The video itself has a simple concept. It shows all four group members in the forest; however, they are only seen under an infrared style camera.

They are even seen climbing the trees as their bodies move to the beat of the music.

Perhaps the video is meant to look like it is taking place at midnight, as there is also some imagery of the city at night. Cars are seen speeding down the highway while lights from buildings are flashing.

The last song that Coldplay released was Atlas, which was on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

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Coldplay Surprises Fans by Secretly Releasing New Song "Midnight" and Accompanying Music Video

It's official: Beyoncé has started a new trend in the music biz (somehow we're not surprised).

With just one single tweet alerting fans that "something new" would be coming at midnight in local Ulaanbaatar time (the capital of Mongolia, in case you were unaware), Coldplay released their latest single "Midnight" as well as the accompanying music video, which will presumably be featured on their yet-to-be-announced sixth studio album.

"Here is the video for our new song, Midnight…," the British rockers captioned the clip, which was directed by Mary Wigmore, who also directed the 2005 video for "The Hardest Part" and is an incredibly close friend of lead vocalist Chris Martin's wife Gwyneth Paltrow.

The moody music video, which is just over five minutes long, features black and white photo-negative images of the bandmembers slowly moving through a forest as Martin's soft vocals croon in the background.

Images of colorful city lights begin to flash across the screen as the beat builds in the atmospheric track before the song reaches a more upbeat tempo as the group, still as silhouette images of themselves, dance in the woods while accompanied by wolves.

With the exception of the two tweets, no further information has been released, and Coldplay only has one appearance scheduled for 2014 thus far. According to reports, they're expected to play at the iTunes festival in London and at next month's South by Southwest.

Coldplay most recently released their tune "Atlas" in August, which was also featured on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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Coldplay Releases New Single 'Midnight' and Video
The ethereal track is complimented with a haunting black-and-white music video, directed by Mary Wigmore.

Coldplay has unveiled a haunting video for new song "Midnight," an atmospheric track absent of the anthemic rock elements of earlier chart-toppers, but overflowing with hints that Chris Martin and company have been spinning Bon Iver records pretty hard as they prep a sixth studio album.

Set primarily in a wooded area and shot in negative exposure, the trippy "Midnight" clip follows the band as they dance around to an airy electro-pop arrangement. You also get glimpses of a wandering wolf along with sped-up cityscapes. The video was directed by Mary Wigmore, the godmother of Martin's daughter Apple with wife Gwyneth Paltrow, and premiered Tuesday on Spiegel Online in Germany.

The song's desolate feel and heavy use of vocal overdubs, along with what sounds like a vocoder, feels more Bon Iver or The Knife-like rather than U2 and Radiohead, the group's traditional targets of comparison.

Coldplay is readying their first album since 2011's Mylo Xyloto. In August of last year, the band released "Atlas" from the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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Coldplay Releases Surprise New Song 'Midnight' and Its Video

Coldplay surprised fans with the release of a new single and its music video companion. "Midnight", an atmospheric and amniotic electronic track, was released on Tuesday, February 25 together with a haunting video directed by Mary Wigmore.

The single is presumably taken from the band's upcoming sixth studio album. Packed with vocal overdubs, the song begins with chiming electronic before building a synth-heavy beat. It is a depart from the rock band's earlier works, and has the Bon Iver feel.

The black-and-white music video was shot in negative exposure by Wigmore who directed the band's "The Hardest Part" clip and is godmother to frontman Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter Apple. Viewers get glimpses of the band members playing around in the woods and wolves wandering through.

There is no other information about the single. The new album, which will follow 2011's "Mylo Xyloto", is expected to arrive in either May or June this year. The band released single "Atlas" last year for the soundtrack of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire".

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Is it just us, or does Coldplay's new single sound just like Bon Iver?

Coldplay’s latest single ‘Midnight’ isn’t a Bon Iver cover, but it sure sounds like one.

There’s the aching, distorted vocals. There’s the portentous lyric sheet featuring lost hopes, “darkness”, “dawn”, “thunder” and “millions … lost from home.” And there’s the video clip visuals that recall that famous winter Justin Vernon spent in a log-cabin getting in touch with all those painful emotions.

The single is built over a track producer Jon Hopkins wrote in 2003 and was released at the stroke of midnight Ulaanbaatar time (we’re not making this up) to capture the attention of the lucrative Mongolian market. It’s the band’s first offering since their song ‘Atlas’ which was released as part of last year’s Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack.

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Coldplay’s ‘Midnight’ Surprises Fans, Hints at Upcoming Album and New Sound

Coldplay took fans by surprise with their unheralded release of a new song, ‘Midnight,’ on Feb. 25.

The only notice given by the British band was a morning tweet that “something new” would be taking place at midnight in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

The song has a heavily synthesized, electronic feel, and frontman Chris Martin evokes uncharacteristically unintelligible vocals. It has since been compared with music by American indie band Bon Iver.

Directed by Mary Wigmore, the accompanying black-and-white negative-filtered music video sees the band wander a forest, with interspersing shots of a fox and city scape.

The song’s release suggests an upcoming studio album, Coldplay’s sixth since Mylo Xyloto (2011), and the new sound hints at the musical direction the band is heading.

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'Sound of mediocrity': what fans say about Coldplay's 'Midnight'
Many impressed with band's new electronic sound

Possibly on the advice of frontman Chris Martin's good pal Beyonce, Coldplay dropped a brand new surprise track yesterday (February 25).

'Midnight' signifies a marked change in sound for the band, who previously experimented with electronic sounds on 2011's Mylo Xyloto, but have taken it even further with this track. Produced by celebrated electronic musician Jon Hopkins, whose album Immunity was nominated for 2013's Mercury Prize, 'Midnight' is a downtempo, ambient track which has very little in common with any of Coldplay's back catalogue.

'Midnight' has been widely compared to Bon Iver thanks to Chris Martin's distorted, high-pitched vocals, and it seems to (mostly) be going down a treat with fans, who praised the band for experimenting.

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Coldplay debut new track and video for Midnight

Coldplay have unveiled the video to a new single called Midnight.

Produced by Mercury nominated musician Jon Hopkins, the track marks a more stripped back, low-key and electronic sound for the band.

The band, fronted by Chris Martin, have yet to announce details of whether the song will be available to buy.

It is thought the track precedes a new album, following 2011's Mylo Xyloto. Martin has promised the record's name will be "much easier to pronounce."

All of Coldplay's previous studio albums have gone to number one in the official UK album chart.

In the lead up to the announcement of their new single the band tweeted: "Something new at 0:00 in Ulaanbaatar."

Ulaanbaatar is the capital city of Mongolia, which is eight hours ahead of GMT.

The band also recently announced they will play at the opening night of the first US iTunes festival, on 11 March.

The iTunes event, held in London for the last seven years, will be staged alongside the South by Southwest (SXSW) music showcase in Texas.

Coldplay's most recent single was Atlas, which features on the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The song was nominated in the best song written for visual media category at this year's Grammy awards.

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Coldplay Pull A Beyoncé And Surprises Fans By Dropping New Single 'Midnight'

Coldplay dropped surprise track 'Midnight' with only a cryptic tweet as prior warning.

Coldplay have taken a leaf out of Beyoncé's book and released a surprise single with no warning or promotional work. The British rock band dropped the single 'Midnight,' as well as a music video which was launched on their YouTube page.

The four-piece first hinted that they were going to release some new material with a cryptic tweet, which read, "Something new at 0:00 in Ulaanbaatar #midnight PH."

Only a few hours later at 0:00 in Ulannbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, Coldplay's twitter account posted a link to the new 'Midnight' music video, accompanied by the message, "Here is the video for our new song, Midnight..."

Any fans who stayed up late to see the premiere of the video would have been in quite a shock, as the British boys were sporting a very different look in the clip.

The gloomy video, which created a cold and unnerving atmosphere, didn't feature any of Coldplay's usual loud vocals, grand pianos or banging instruments, but it showed a soft and mild mannered side to the band.

In a very quiet voice, Chris Martin sings over a gentle electronic beat, while the band walk through a dark forest, which is all been filmed in black and white photo-negative images to create an almost trance-like state.

The video was directed by Mary Wigmore.

The 'Mylo Xyloto' hit makers do not have a scheduled album release for 2014 as of yet, but fans are beginning to assume that 'Midnight' is the first song off their sixth studio album, and it remains to be seen if they will emulate Beyoncé once more and drop an entire album with no warning.

However, as Chris Martin and the rest of the band are scheduled to headline the first iTunes Festival held at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin on March 11th, the new track will create some publicity and buzz around them.

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'I'm In Love!': Coldplay Fans Share Excitement As Band Release Surprise New Single
'Midnight'Coldplay did a Beyonce last night as they unveiled their shock new single

Coldplay pulled a Beyonce last night as they released their brand new single Midnight without any warning and majority of the Twittersphere have only good things to say about the band's latest track, with some users that aren't normally a fan admitting that they love it.

The last track that Coldplay released was Atlas, that featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack and with fans desperate for new music, the band have definitely catered to their needs, also adding a surprise factor into the mix!

But, does the unknown release date really work? The band's fanbase certainly think so, with majority saying that they are in love with the new material.

One fan shared: "#midnight @coldplay IM IN LOVE" whilst another added: "i really love the new @coldplay song #midnight #leavealighton"

Another Twitter user shared: "in love with 'midnight' by coldplay. so beautiful. I love this artistic direction Coldplay is going into #Midnight" with another also gushing over the single: "#Coldplay new song.impressive."

And for one excited fan, Coldplay have manged to make her love them once again: "Midnight has only rekindled the fire of my love for @coldplay...time to obsess again  Coldplays reinventing themselves! Love the the Track! #coldplay #midnight #newera"

Some Twitter users weren't fans pre-Midnight, but they definitely are now!

One posted: "I'm not really a fan of Coldplay but gd 'midnight' was most excellent" with another adding: "Normally I'm not a Coldplay fan but I dig this one!" (sic)

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Coldplay surprises with ‘Midnight’

Yesterday, Coldplay dropped a new single, “Midnight,” right out of the interweb vortex with no warning whatsoever. As I type, the video has yet to reach over a half-million views on YouTube, a mere drop in its ocean of music videos by major bands. It’s yet unknown if the track is part of an upcoming album. Given that the band hasn’t released a full-length in three years, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising. The single, however, is a different story.
“Midnight” doesn’t sound like a single. It has no memorable chorus. Its lyrics are obscured by Chris Martin’s breathy, soaring delivery. Its one build-up is acutely restrained and controlled. Instead, a pulsating, soft beat and an airy, persistent guitar line stand at “Midnight”’s heart. Glimpses of Coldplay’s past material — a gorgeous, sparse guitar line and a melody that echoes Paradise — peer out of the atmosphere, but never hang around for long. Instead, the song slowly and subtly shifts from place to place. The song alternates between pure atmosphere and angelic vocal verses before finally building into a subdued instrumental trance, which disintegrates back into a last verse.

It would be easy to say that Coldplay is piggybacking here. The vocal effects on Chris’s voice sound very, very similar to those James Blake and Bon Iver have brought to prominence. But given the instrumentation, the form and the consistent beat at the heart of “Midnight”, that just wouldn’t be fair. Coldplay’s new single is simply a piece of very accessible, restrained ambient music crafted by a rock band. Every obvious element of Coldplay’s pop songs has been trimmed away to leave a pulsing heart — one of energy and smooth aesthetic beauty.

It’s an extremely bold maneuver. If released by a band any smaller, this song would have zero chance of being played on the radio. It has no “logo,” no recognizable trademark like a catchy chorus or intro to help sell it to an audience. It’s calm and patient, two elements in opposition to the dance and rap so commonly found on today’s Top 40. No matter what is said about “Midnight,” it’s hard to claim this is any sort of sell-out or cash grab, because “Midnight” is in no way a pop song.

There’s only one thing stopping me from proclaiming “Midnight” an extremely important piece of music in today’s pop scene: It’s not that memorable. What Coldplay is doing here is certainly going to be new to many of their fans. But in the genre of electronic music, “Midnight” doesn’t stand out. There are many artists making songs featuring beautiful airy vocals, smooth atmospheres and almost-danceable beats. The songs that are prominent in the genre – “Hiders” by Burial and Kindness’s cover of “Swingin’ Party” come to mind – exude strong emotions, whereas “Midnight” seems to just roll along on some vaguely epic, but inexpressive, adventure.

Coldplay’s single marks a new step for the band, one in a rather interesting direction that would bring a new type of music to mainstream spotlight. However, “Midnight” as a song is somewhat unspectacular, presenting an interesting sound without especially remarkable elements. Hopefully we’ll get the best of both worlds on an album soon to come.

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"Midnight": I know what Coldplay is doing

I assume you've at least heard of Coldplay. I might be so bold as to assume you've heard a Coldplay song. Perhaps you've heard the band's newest song "Midnight," which has been averaging more than 1 million YouTube views per day since its release. The song sounds kind of weird, doesn't it? I must admit, it doesn't sound like anything you'd hear on the radio. It doesn't even sound like Coldplay. I just think you should know, Coldplay has never really had its own sound anyways.

Coldplay released its first single "Brothers and Sisters," as well as its first music video "Bigger Stronger," in 1999. I may not be George Washington, but I won’t lie about this: Coldplay was basically a soft rock rip-off of Radiohead. Chris Martin's voice was the meager impression of Thom Yorke, and Jonny Buckland had Jonny Greenwood's guitar effects down to a T. Fifteen years later, Coldplay is now one of the biggest bands in the world. They recently released a track with some nocturnal electronica vibes, which might seem cool and futuristic to people who only listen to popular music. This is new territory for Coldplay, but the band's influences are just as borrowed as they were 15 years ago.

Chris Martin isn't impersonating Thom Yorke on "Midnight," but with the help of a vocoder, he sounds a darn lot like Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. The line "when I'm rolling with the punches" uses the exact same note-for-note hook that is heard on the line "'til one night, one stormy night" on the band’s 2011 hit "Paradise." These factors prove Coldplay's lack of originality. However, this new track is produced by Jon Hopkins, an electronica artist who made one of my personal favorite albums of 2013. "Midnight" isn't nearly as corny as anything from 2011's "Mylo Xyloto." These aspects give me some hope for Coldplay's future. I'm still just on the fence about this new song, but I'm not budging any time soon. After all, Coldplay has spent its entire career on the fence.

Coldplay has tried mimicking everyone from Radiohead to U2, from Arcade Fire to New Order, and apparently are now stretching from Bon Iver to Jon Hopkins. I'm curious: What does Coldplay sound like?

Coldplay was one of my personal favorite bands growing up. I am now cynical and have abandoned my childhood music tastes. Don't get me wrong, Coldplay deserves some credit for consistently trying new things; they just need to stop taking baby steps in different directions and take an artistic leap forward. "Midnight" is a baby step into the world of overly popular hipster music. People who wear fake glasses and expensive scarves might play this song on their iPhone after some M83 or Matt & Kim. The song is a cry for hipster cred. At the same time, Coldplay remains blandly ambient enough that your mom might dig this song. “Midnight” may sound dark, but never too dark. Martin repeats "leave a light on" five times here.

I know what Coldplay is doing. Something different, nothing bold.

I hope "Midnight" doesn't trick you into thinking Coldplay is a weird band now. I hope you explore the history of pop music genres and learn all the different artists that have already been making music like this. I hope you decide to take progressive leaps in your lives, and as Chris Martin sang in 2002, "I hope you understand."

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