Coldplay have shared the first song from their forthcoming ninth studio album, releasing ‘Higher Power’ today. Produced by hit machine Max Martin, it’s a euphoric, high-energy bop anchored by buoyant rhythms and glistening synths.
It was premiered via a link-up to the International Space Station, first broadcast as a dispatch via “extraterrestrial transmission” to French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently onboard the station. It arrives alongside a Paul Dugdale-directed music video that sees the band performing the song alongside dancing alien holograms – check that out below.
“‘Higher Power’ is a song that arrived on a little keyboard and a bathroom sink at the start of 2020. It was produced by Max Martin who is a true wonder of the universe,” the band say.
‘Higher Power’ marks the first new music from the band since their last album, 2019’s Everyday Life. It likely serves as the lead single to their forthcoming ninth LP – details of which are relatively scant at this point.
In April, it was announced that Coldplay would headline UK festival Glastonbury’s forthcoming Live at Worthy Farm livestream event, which takes place later this month and will also feature performances from HAIM, Damon Albarn and more.
Watch the music video for ‘Higher Power’ below.