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Coldplay's 'Midnight' Continues Band's Ambient Evolution

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Chris Martin of Coldplay performs live for fans at Suncorp Stadium on November 21, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images) | Bradley Kanaris via Getty Images

In a move out of the Beyonce playbook, Coldplay released their new song, "Midnight," and the track's accompanying video to unsuspecting fans mere hours ago (or, oddly enough, when it was midnight in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia). It is not clear whether this song is the first single off of their upcoming sixth studio album, or if this song is part of some other release.

On their last album, "Mylo Xyloto," Coldplay's sound really began to take an ambient turn, mixing in more sparkling electronics and wispy riffs. Working with producer Brian Eno on the record, the influence of one of the genre's pioneers was inevitable. On "Midnight," Coldplay takes this inspiration to a new level. It's a structure-eschewing number where vocalist Chris Martin's gentle croons pass through a vocalizer, floating on top of a reverberating beat that slowly builds into a glitch-heavy synth.

Call it Bon Iver, Imogen Heap, "Kid A" or whatever you want, but the band continues to develop their sound, and that in itself is awesome and exciting. Watch the video below and let us know what you think of the song in the comments.

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