Coldplay have rolled out yet another dreamy new song from its upcoming album Ghost Stories. The band debuted "Oceans" today (April 23) while in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.
Recalling its debut album Parachutes, Coldplay keep things incredibly light on "Oceans." An acoustic guitar and an incessantly steady keyboard beat are the standout instrumental sounds before light orchestral movements roll into the tide in the final minute or so.
This is the exact small, relaxing music that Coldplay was known for before expanding its sound on A Rush Of Blood To The Head, and it's a welcome return to form. It's sleepy and comforting and straight up pretty in all the right ways, at least on the surface.
Lyrically, Chris Martin focuses on a crumbling relationship, reflecting his recent separation from wife Gwyneth Paltrow. "You've got to find yourself alone in this world," he reflectively sings post-chorus. It's the exact heartbreaking message that one could expect from a consciously uncoupled singer.
Watch Martin and co. play "Oceans" below, via Rolling Stone:
"Oceans" is the fifth song that has largely been circulated from Coldplay's new album Ghost Stories. Previously, the band has premiered official audios of "Midnight" and "Magic"; Coldplay premiered "Always In My Head" and "Another's Arms" at SXSW's inaugural iTunes Festival.
Ghost Stories is due to be officially released on May 16. It's Coldplay's first full-length effort since 2011's Mylo Xyloto.