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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