Feels kinda sacrilegious to be talking about Coldplay right in the middle of Britpop Week, as they Purple Wedding-ed the whole thing some 15 years ago, but hey, we contain multitudes. We’ve already heard a bunch of music from Coldplay’s forthcoming LP, Ghost Stories, which is out next month, and for the most part, those songs have been really good, because, let’s admit it, Coldplay are actually a really good band. Today, they premiered another new track: “Oceans,” which they debuted during a live session on BBC Radio 1. “Oceans” is a muted, ethereal thing, and while the studio version may not be quite so sparse, I hope it is, because as-is, this is very good. Watch/listen.
Coldplay were at Radio 1 to help promote the station’s Big Weekend festival next month in Glasgow, which Coldplay will headline. The band also played “Magic,” whose studio version we first heard early last month. You can watch that performance too.
Ghost Stories is out 5/19 via Parlophone.
UPDATE: Coldplay have also announced a one-hour NBC concert special airing Sunday, 5/18 at 7PM EST. Here’s a trailer…