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Soaring synths, serious lyrics, stadium-ready "Oh ohs" that will force lighters and cell phones in the air -- Coldplay is back! Gwyneth Paltrow's house band recently released "Paradise," the second single from their upcoming fifth album, Mylo Xyloto, and it's already ready to stand up against against "Viva La Vida" and "Yellow" as one of the band's biggest-sounding songs.
Opening with shimmering synths and orchestral strings, the track's electronic beat doesn't stray too far from the band's anthemic tone, but its slow, pulsating rhythms wouldn't be out of place alongside The Weeknd and The-Dream tracks. Not to fear though. Singer Chris Martin stays away from baby-making lyrics in favor of an emotional story: "When she was just a girl/She expected the world/But it flew away from her reach/And bullets catch in her teeth," Martin sings, before dreaming of paradise. (Sorry, "para-para-paradise.")
Coldplay pretty much have the synths-meet-strings combo on lock right now, as the band have fully embraced the blend of electronic and traditional instrumentation. After listening to "Paradise," we're officially lobbying for a Chris Martin/The-Dream collaboration. Give the people what they want, guys.
Mylo Xyloto is out Oct. 24 via Capitol Records.
+ Listen to Coldplay's "Paradise."