“Magic,” the low-key first official single from Coldplay’s Ghost Stories, is so good that it inspired me to write an impassioned defense of the polarizing arena-rock balladeers. Now the song has a video from veteran director Jonas Åkerlund in which Chris Martin portrays both the levitating assistant and the drunken, famous, “moustachioed husband” of Cecile, “a beautiful young magicienne” portrayed by Zhang Ziyi. The bird from the album cover is hovering around too. Below, watch Martin and Martin square off for Cecile’s affections. Haters will at least enjoy the part that involves throwing knives at Martin.
Ghost Stories is out 5/19 via Parlophone.