The fact that Coldplay is in the midst of a three-year hiatus apparently does not mean that they can’t come out of hibernation to record an epic song. That’s exactly what Chris Martin and crew have done, releasing the single “Atlas” for the soundtrack of upcoming film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Since its release five days ago, the lyric video for “Atlas” has garnered nearly 3.5 million YouTube views, and according to the band’s Facebook page, has hit No. 1 on iTunes in 41 countries. With its signature clockwork piano riffs and spacey atmospherics (with Martin’s melancholy vocals proclaiming “I’ll carry your world,” it’s easy to see why. This is the first new music we’ve heard from Coldplay in nearly two years, yet apparently the band’s popularity has not waned during their break. Not only is the single certain to generate even more interest in the film (although it scarcely needs the promotion), but the song itself could very well stand the test of time as one of Coldplay’s best hits.
I was immediately taken in by the first few notes of the song. Take a listen for yourself and see what you think. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due in theaters on November 22.