Coldplay have announced a new album, Everyday Life, with two new songs: “Orphans” and “Arabesque.”
The record is a double album, with the first half titled Sunrise and the second Sunset. The jazzy “Arabesque,” which features vocals from Belgian singer Stromae, appears on Sunset. Afrobeat musician Femi Kuti also contributes a horn solo to the track.
Meanwhile, “Orphans” is the more characteristically Coldplay song of the pair. On the track, frontman Chris Martin tells the story of a father and daughter who are passing through to the afterlife. “Cherub Seraphim soon / Come sailing us home by the light of the moon / 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,” he sings on the chorus, backed up by a choir.
“[The album] is our reaction to the perceived negativity that’s everywhere,” Martin explained to NME. “And there is a lot of trouble, but there’s also so much positivity and so much great life happening. So in a way, it’s just trying to make sense of things, saying what we feel and what we see.”
Everyday Life is Coldplay’s first album since 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams. The record is due out November 22 via Parlophone.
Listen to “Orphans” and “Arabesque” here: