Coldplay’s new album Everyday Life is out tomorrow, and they’re determined to tease their fans right up ’til its release. Yesterday, the band released two new songs: “Daddy” and “Champion of the World.”
“Daddy,” a tender piano ballad sung from the point of view of a neglected child, arrived with a gorgeous video produced by Aardman Animations, the same company behind the stop-motion claymation classics Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run.
On the other hand, “Champion of the World” notably credits the late frontman of Frightened Rabbit, Scott Hutchison, as a co-writer. That’s because the track was inspired by “Los Angeles Be Kind,” a song by Owl John, Hutchison’s solo project. The Scottish musician took his own life on May 10, 2018, and would have turned 38 yesterday.
“Scott had a song called ‘Los Angeles Be Kind,’ which I love,” Coldplay singer Chris Martin explained in a statement. “When I first heard it, I thought it was going to go one way; but it went another. Anyway ‘Champion of the World’ is the song that came from following the other path, and that’s why Scott is a co-writer on this song.”
Check out Coldplay’s two new songs below.
“Champion of the World”: