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“Atlas”, the newest single from Coldplay written exclusively for the next installment Hunger Games saga (Catching Fire – out November 22nd), was released on September 6th along with a mesmerizing lyric music video. This is the first new music from the British band since Mylo Xyloto in 2011.
The single was recorded in Coldplay’s state-of-the-art Beehive studio in London in the late spring. “Atlas” was produced by Coldplay along with Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, who also are behind the hits “Paradise” and “Princess of China (feat. Rihanna)” off of the band’s 5th studio album.
The release of the single excites many refreshed fans since rumors of a three year hiatus were announced back in November 2012. This is also one of Coldplay’s first musical commissions for film or TV, as they follow in the footsteps of Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars who released their collaboration “Safe and Sound” for the first Hunger Games film last year.
Just as “Safe and Sound” catapulted the Civil Wars onto mainstream music’s radar and showcased a different, more mature sound for Taylor Swift, “Atlas” is reminiscent of the mellow, piano driven sounds of early Coldplay circa 2005’s X & Y album with a touch of the synthesized, electro-pop flavor of their newest work.
The band, which has had no live performances since their New Year’s Eve bash in Brooklyn with Jay-Z, seems to have quieted down after being in the studio or on the road non-stop for the past 12 years. “Atlas” serves as a reassuring reminder that all is well.