Coldplay have just premiered two new songs, 'Orphans' and 'Arabesque' on BBC Radio 1!
The tracks are taken off of Coldplay's upcoming album 'Everyday Life', set for release on November 22 via Parlophone/Atlantic. The album will be split into two parts, called 'Sunrise' and 'Sunset', with 8 tracks on each side.
Frontman Chris Martin told Annie Mac: “It’s all about just being human, Every day is great and every day is terrible…It just feels kind of free. There’s so much life bursting out on the planet.”
Speaking to Annie Mac, Chris explained the inspiration for the album: “[The album] is our reaction to the perceived negativity that’s everywhere. And there is a lot of trouble, but there’s also so much positivity and so much great life happening. So in a way, it’s just trying to make sense of things, saying what we feel and what we see.”
Martin went on to explain how the modern socio-political landscape and world events had also inspired his new lyrics. “The truth is there was something about our last tour that made me at peace with speaking openly and not minding if people disagree, this has been the first time we’ve felt like ‘We’ve got to this place as a band so there’s really nothing to think about career-wise.’ You can just speak completely freely and let all the colours of life come through."
He continued: “Some of it’s very personal, about real things in my life, and some of it’s about things that I see or we see, and some of it’s about trying to empathise about what other people are going through.
Martin added: “It seems to me that one of the things that might help people have a better time is to put themselves in other people’s shoes, whether that’s these kids who have to leave Syria, or who grew up in Baltimore, or whatever it might be. Rather than judging from afar, maybe to think ‘I wonder what it’s like to be there.’”
Coldplaying member VCF has translated Stromae's French verse on Arabesque:
"Comme deux gouttes d’eau
On se ressemble
Comme provenant de la même mer
Comme deux ruisseaux
Qui se rassemblent
Pour faire les grandes rivières"
"Like two drops of water
We look alike
As coming from the same sea
Like two streams
To make big rivers"
Fans on the Coldplaying Forums have been listening to the songs on repeat and forming opinions on the new era of Coldplay! Take a look:
OH MY GOD Arabesque. I can also see the similarity with some of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds work in the beginning. Brass. That verse in French. Totally different from what they have done in the past. I may have been harsh with Coldplay recent work sometimes regarding their (imo) lack of inspiration, I can only be satisfied. Orphans is quite short but catchy as hell. Even Chris' voice (which I was a bit tired of in the last era) does not bother me at all. -VCF
Orphans: A near perfect indie-pop single. Guy's bass is incredible, Jonny contributes nice guitar licks, the chorus vocals are back, production is RICH -- lots of fun details sprinkled through the mix (a flute?). Love lyrics too! My only criticism is that it feels like they didn't have a strong bridge to the chorus, so the song is shorter than it needs to be and the chorus comes on kind of awkwardly (like no drum fill or guitar to fill the space between the bride and chorus? And Jonny's guitar could be louder).
Arabesque: Wow this is truly new for Coldplay and quite incredible. Reminds me a bit of something that could have been on Arcade Fire's Reflektor. Incredible groove, tons of horns, saxophones, weird sax solo that isn't very good but has character, someone sings a verse in french? Jonny? What I love the most about this is how LITTLE Chris is in it. -lennyrott1
I genuinely haven't been this excited for a Coldplay album since Viva. They really have reinvented themselves. My sort of review of how the songs sound : 'Orphans' is definitely the more 'pop' of the two - reminds me of so many things, it has the funky bass of AOAL but is almost stadium rock sounding. Some fo it reminds me slightly of U2 with the chorus reminding me a bit of Foals.
Coldplay have completely done it in their own way though - very catchy song, once of the best Coldplay songs I've heard in years actually.
'Arabesque' is definitely the 'experimental' track - clocking at about 5 and a half minutes, the only thing I can compare this to is 'Tusk' by Fleetwood Mac, has a bit of a re-accuring brass section then jazz trumpet in the middle of the track with a ball-sy ending that king of reminds me of DLIBYH (but Arabaesque' is a lot slower, more of a groove.
So excited for this era, a completely new sound for the band -BlueMonkey
Agree with everyone about Orphans.
It’s a fantastic pop song. It’s like it’s from AHFOD but the production and mixing are actually good!
And Arabesque....just that last minute is incredible. The rest of the song is so so good. It’s such a different Coldplay but it’s a really good change. -Brook
Arabesque sounds heavy, jazzy, progressive, orchestral. Gives me some vibes of Reflektor-era Arcade Fire. I think it's amazing !
Orphans was the one I thought was like LU from the snippet, but it is more like MX/AHFOD with better production than either of these albums.
I'm positively impressed overall! -i ran away
3. Trouble In Town
6. WOTW / POTP
8. When I Need A Friend
4. Cry Cry Cry
5. Old Friends
6. بني آدم (Bani Adam; Arabic for "Children of Adam")
7. Champion Of The World
8. Everyday Life
Yesterday, Jo Whiley commented on the album: "I think it's brilliant, it's brave, it doesn't fit in with anything else that's out there at the moment. There's some classic Coldplay stuff and then there's also very much non-classic Coldplay stuff." Whiley also shared her favourite tracks, namely 'When I Need A Friend', "It makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, makes me cry every time".
Sources: NME, BBC Radio 1