February 25, 2014 2:24pm PT by Billboard Staff
Coldplay Releases New Single 'Midnight' and Video
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.
Watch the video below:
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.