Forgive me hipsters, indie scenesters and other high-brow readers of the blog, I’m about to commit a cardinal sin of the underground blogosphere – I’m about to blog about Coldplay. I wouldn’t typically, but I’m a huge fan of their new song ‘Violet Hill’, and have been listening to it on repeat for the last 28 hours when it was posted on the band’s site for free download, for a week only.
As always, Chris Martin’s lyrics are a combination of poetic, meaningful, meaningless and singalongy:
Clearly I remember
From the windows they were watching
While we froze down below
When the future’s architectured
By a carnival of idiots on show
You’d better lie low
If you love me
Won’t you let me know?
The song, like the rest of the band’s upcoming album, was produced by legend Brian Eno, who has time and time again been enlisted by bands, like U2, to change their sounds and styles. ‘Violet Hill’ is definitely somewhat of a departure from Coldplay’s typical style, and it kind of excites me for their upcoming album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, due June 17th.
Since being posted 24hours ago, the song has been downloaded 600,000 times, and Last.fm has pointed out that the Coldpay figures are a record, exceeding even the most popular track from the Radiohead album that was streamed for free back in October. That notched up 22,000 listens in 12 hours. Ok – that’s all I’ll say about Coldplay – promise.