Fans who have been eagerly anticipating U2’s long-awaited new album won’t have much longer to wait, according to bassist Adam Clayton. In the meantime, the band have put out a new tune called “Ordinary Love” for the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Written specifically for the film, “Ordinary Love” is also featured on the movie’s second official trailer. “We can’t fall any farther / We can’t feel ordinary love,” laments Bono over a melancholy keyboard before the music builds into a rock anthem. The movie, starring Idris Elba, is due for wide release in late November.
Meanwhile, Adam Clayton recently mentioned to Irish Radio that the band were putting the finishing touches on the new record, whose title and release date are yet to be revealed. “We are still at it. We hope to have it finished very, very soon. And it will be out, oh, sometime early next year,” he told Dermot and Dave on 98FM. “We’re trying to get these 12 songs absolutely right and get them finished by the end of November, and then we can kind of enjoy Christmas.”
The new studio album, U2’s thirteenth, will be the first since 2009’s No Line On the Horizon.