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Coldplay Drop Surprise New Track + Video, ‘Midnight’

Coldplay had a big midnight surprise for fans Tuesday (Feb. 25): a brand-new song and video, ‘Midnight’!

Taking their cue from BFF Beyonce and her wildly successful December surprise album, the Brit rockers released the atmospheric track with no advance warning or hype. Their Twitter account gave the only hint that something special was on its way, arriving at midnight Ulaanbaatar time (that’s in Mongolia, for those of you keeping track):

The slow-building song tops out at slightly more than five minutes, with a video that’s equally moody and evocative. The forest-set clip, directed by longtime friend and collaborator Mary Wigmore, is shot mostly in black and white, with negative images of the band and wolves. (Thankfully, not together.)

There’s been no word on whether ‘Midnight’ is the first taste fans are getting from the band’s next album, or if it’s a standalone track. More than two years have passed since Coldplay’s ‘Mylo Xyloto,’ and rumors have them releasing their sixth studio album some time in spring 2014. The most recent new music we’ve heard from the band was last fall’s ‘Atlas,’ which appeared on the ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘ soundtrack.

Whether or not a new album is indeed on the way, the band is certainly becoming more active. They are due to perform at the iTunes Festival at SXSW on March 11. The invite-only Austin, Texas, event will be streamed live and on-demand for free. More information can be found here.

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