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Coldplay Release Singles “Arabesque” and “Orphans” for New Album

A band with a history of including art and love in their material, Coldplay, has hit the air-waves once again. In the wake of a new album, the band released two singles over the weekend: “Arabesque” and “Orphans.” The album, entitled Everyday Life, will be released on November 22 in two halves called sunrise and sunset.

The single “Arabesque” is the product of many different music styles, such as Middle Eastern rhythms, saxophone and, of course, their iconic sound. With contributing instruments from Femi Kuti and vocals from Belgian star Stromae, they succeed at taking artistic chances. The intention’s to create a sense of urgency in recognizing events of hate and inequality. Lines such as “You could be me, I could be you. Two angles of the same view” and “We share the same blood” glide along with the sounds of the track. The incorporation of French vocals is a bold move for the song, adding to the movement of inclusivity.

“Orphans” begins with a choir of energetic youth as quiet drum beats and shakers begin. The song features references to nature and being with friends. One notable mention is “Rosaleen of the Damascene,” which was designed to represent the Syrian children affected by the bombings in the capital, Damascus, in April 2018. “Yes, she had eyes like the moon // Would have been on the silver screen // But for the missile monsoon.” Chris Martin and co. are calling attention to international matters, depicting a character “Rosaleen,” which translates to “little rose.” The verses alternate with the story about a father and daughter in their final moments together. The chorus brings back more joy with a longing to have a good time and normal life again. “I want to know when I can go // Back and get drunk with my friends// I want to know when I can go // Back and be young again (yeah).” The music video shows snippets of the band, either jammin’ in the studio or outside. They incorporate many colors and patterns, making it lively and inviting.

The band mates previewed the information on their Instagram account, eager to demonstrate life “for the last 100 years or thereabouts.” In addition, lead singer Chris Martin informed Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 that the album’s meant to spread positivity. “It’s all about just being human; [the album] is our reaction to the perceived negativity that’s everywhere.” He adds, “And there is a lot of trouble, but there’s also so much positivity and so much great life happening.”

Chris, Guy, John and Will have grown beyond their smooth Parachutes album and experimented with the bright and fun A Head Full of Dreams sound. We can’t wait for the release of Everyday Life, as it takes a more serious approach while still staying true to their style.

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