Coldplay give fans a peek at the process in the jubilant video for their new single “Orphans,” which dropped on Friday morning (Oct. 25). The clip, directed by the band’s longtime friend and documentarian Mat Whitecross, opens with a shot of singer Chris Martin strumming out the joyous tune’s opening verse on some city steps as crowds walk by seemingly oblivious.
The action then bounces between the studio sessions for the song and black and white footage of the band playing it in a backyard and on a beach as a group of young people dance around them while production notes about the themes of the video scroll across the screen. With flowers bursting all around, the group performs the song upside down and sideways in a bombed-out room, in front of a green screen filled with blooms and and in box packed with more youthful dancers.
Coldplay announced on Thursday (Oct. 24) that their eighth studio album, the double LP Everyday Life, is due out on Nov. 22 via Parlophone/Atlantic Records and will be divided into two halves, Sunrise and Sunset. They also dropped the dual lead singles: “Orphans” and the Stromae-assisted “Arabesque,” both produced by The Dream Team, with the latter also featuring horns by Nigerian saxophonist Femi Kuti and his backing band.
Earlier this week, the band revealed the LP’s 16-song track list via the classified sections of the hometown newspapers of its four members, and the sepia-tinged cover art is based on a 1919 photo of guitarist Jonny Buckland’s great-grandfather’s band, The Wedding Band and Dance Orchestra.
Watch the “Orphans” video below.