The first half of the video is cobbled together out of various low-fi clips of frontman Chris Martin, both alone and with the band, performing the song in various settings — the steps of a monolithic building, a rehearsal space, and various outdoor locations, including a beach where they’re joined by dancers as the superimposed lyrics scroll over the footage.
The video’s second half is more produced, and features Coldplay literally climbing the walls in a rotating room as they perform, as well as images of people celebrating while images of blossoming flowers appear and bloom.
The visual ends with a link to OurHopeland.org, which describes its mission as “[pioneering] innovative solutions and [building]new partnerships to prevent family separation, reunify children who are separated from their families, and [mobilizing] a movement of families to support children who are growing up outside of family care.”
“Orphans” — along with this week’s other new release, “Arabesque” — is from Coldplay’s forthcoming new double album, Everyday Life. The follow-up to 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams arrives November 22.
Coldplay will perform on Saturday Night Live November 2.
Here’s the Everyday Life track list:
“Trouble In Town
“WOTW / POTP
“When I Need a Friend”
“Cry Cry Cry”
“Champion of the World”
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