U2 has released their first song in more than three years, "Ordinary Love," which has first teased in the trailer for the Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. It was written specifically for the film, and according to Revolt, was produced by Danger Mouse. The song is piano-driven with a signature four-chord progression that builds into a stadium-sized ballad, complete with a haunting vocal chorus.
Now a video for the track, featuring the song's lyrics and images of nature and Mandela, has premiered on U2's Facebook. According to their post, Oliver Jeffers and Mac Premo created the video.
The track is set for a physical release on a 10'' single as part of Record Store Day's Back to Black Friday event November 29 and will be backed with an the Mandela version of "Breathe," which was originally featured on 2009's No Line Horizon.
As previously reported, U2 has also announced a tentative April release for their upcoming Danger Mouse-produced album with plans to unveil it through some brand partner's Super Bowl commercial. Danger Mouse, best known for his worked with Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells and the 2004 Jay-Z/Beatles mashup "The Grey Album," has been associated with the project since 2010.
According to Rolling Stone, U2 bassist Adam Clayton said the upcoming album will feature 12 new tracks to follow up 2009's No Line on the Horizon.
"I think it's a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity, if you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years. It's a combination of those two things and it's a really interesting hybrid," Clayton told them. "We're in the studio. We're trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas."
According to SPIN, one rumored title for the album is 10 Reasons to Exist.
Check out their video for "Ordinary Love" here, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!