"Here’s a phenomena I’ve observed from time to time when a person’s mere presence in the room can completely change the energy of the four guys playing together," they wrote in a caption to a series of pics of the band running through their paces. "I first saw it with Brian Eno in the studio. Here we are in Amman, though, and some of the glorious guests from the recordings are here - Femi Kuti, Stromae & Norah Shaqur - injecting the band with enthusiasm that drives them into their highest musical gear. What a joy to witness…"
To hype the event, the group also released two new songs, "Daddy" and "Champion of the World," with the former including a mind-bending animated video from Aardman Animations (Wrong Trousers, Chicken Run), directed by Åsa Lucander.
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According to a release announcing the songs, the "Daddy" clip "offers an atmospheric journey through a girl’s fragmented memory about her father... [using] live action puppetry, digitally painted sets and 2D animation to create a tapestry of styles.
“I knew when I had the opportunity to pitch on this project that is was going to be a very special one. A few minutes into listening to the track ‘Daddy’ -- it spoke to me in a way that stories and visual images began to dance in front of me. And when this happens you know that you are on to something very special indeed," Lucander said in the statement. "I tend to get drawn to emotional stories and this was certainly one I wanted to tell."
"Champion of the World" features a co-write credit for the songwriters behind Owl John's "Los Angeles Be Kind," including a nod to late Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison. "Scott had a song called ‘Los Angeles Be Kind,’ which I love," said Coldplay singer Chris Martin in a statement. "When I first heard it, I thought it was going to go one way; but it went another. Anyway ‘Champion Of The World’ is the song that came from following the other path, and that’s why Scott is a co-writer on this song. Today is also his birthday. So happy birthday Scott and thank you for your beautiful music, wherever you are."
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Coldplay's collboration with YouTube Originals will feature two performances on Friday (Nov. 22), the day they drop their new double albumm Everyday Life. For their first-ever performance in Jordan, the group will mirror their upcoming double album with a Sunrise concert beginning at 4 a.m. GMT and Sunset concert following at 2 p.m. GMT. Both shows will be available to watch on YouTube. “These two broadcasts have been our dream since we first started work on this album," the band said in a press release. "It’s a bit impossible and a bit scary, like all the best dreams. YouTube is the perfect home for it.”
Check out the rehearsal pics and some other snaps and videos from their first days in Amman below, as well as the "Daddy" video and "Champion of the World" lyric clip.