This morning at 7.50 am GMT Coldplay released the second single from new album Mylo Xyloto (pronounced “my-lo- zy-letoe”), the long awaited Paradise.
The song is a mid-tempo ballad with heavy strings and r&b influences. It starts with an intense instrumental, clearly written with the help of super-producer Brian Eno (who also shares the credits, PRS reveal) and Viva la Vida violinist Davide Rossi, and goes on with a verse “all voice and rhythm”.
The refrain might sound a bit dull at a first listen but it won’t take long before you’ll be captured by its irresistible pop hook.
The texture of the sound is very complex, made of the wide variety of sonorities that made their previous album a worldwide success. Chris uses his trademark falsetto throughout the piece, and his Ohhhhs keep echoing in your head well after it’s over.
Paradise is an extremely radio-friendly song, far away from the first Coldplay works – it might not please the old-time fans but it will surely be a success with their Viva la Vida following.
Mylo Xyloto will hit record retailers on 24th October.
Listen to Paradise now