When Coldplay first hit the music scene with their debut album, ‘Parachutes’, in 1999, they were instantly recognized for their simple melodies and somber lyrical style that was much unlike anything currently on the market. With each album since, they made it a must to evolve musically and keep surprising their fans, which despite polarizing some, ultimately paid off for them. ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ was a refinement of the sound dominating their debut release, ‘X&Y’ introduced electronic influences, and ‘Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends’ defined an era in pop/rock with its booming string ensembles and experimentation with “audible technicolor”. Then there came ‘Mylo Xyloto’, which finally ended up dividing fans in its direct appeal to pop culture but was arguably still a good thing in its own right, expanding the band’s image by bringing it to the forefront of radio-friendly society and inviting more people than ever to listen in on their expanded catalog. Now, with “Midnight”, they’re showing themselves to be experimenting with new sounds yet again, but more along the chilly, intricate production of an indie collective than the polished Top 40 sounds of its more recent predecessors.
Leaving behind any semblance of the booming pop-friendly choruses and sing-along verses which Mylo Xyloto was primarily comprised of, “Midnight” serves as an intriguing step in a totally different direction for Coldplay. Featuring sparse piano and a bevy of ethereal EDM effects, it wouldn’t be out of bounds to describe “Midnight” as more of an experimental piece than a song that they’re actually aiming to promote over the radio, and one that might serve more as a transitional bridge between two other trademark tracks on the upcoming album than a track most would listen to for itself and nothing more. Still, though, for what it is, “Midnight” shines in its intricate, space-like production, and offers even more mystery to the question of “What will Coldplay’s next album sound like?” In the meantime, “Midnight” at its best just might be the amount of fan remixes it’s more than likely warranting in its sophisticated design.
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