Late last night the surprisingly effective sapmeisters who make up Coldplay released their new single “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” and it’s a pillowy dance anthem that’s either about a breakup or about rising up against oppressive forces (lyrics like “don’t want to see another generation drop/ I’d rather be a comma than a full stop” make it seem like the latter, but then there’s a bit about “you” emerging from some sort of light and telling Chris Martin’s narrator that everything’s going to be all right, so who knows). The last minute or so is given over to a guitar rave-up that sounds absolutely glorious, with dueling riffs occasionally being given over to pealing guitars in such a way that makes me think it’s going to be as big of a hit as a rock song can be this summer. Listen below.
In case you were wondering why the opening sounded sorta familiar, here’s the 1976 song “I Go To Rio” by the Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen, who—along with “Rio” co-author Adrienne Anderson—has a writing credit on the Coldplay track:
And here’s “Ritmo De La Noche,” a 1990 song by the Sacados that also samples Allen’s track and that has a similarly airy feel to the first half of “Waterfall” and a YouTube page that’s already filled with arguments about Coldplay’s exact inspiration (can someone get Joe Satriani on the line, please?):