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Coldplay’s new song is ‘Midnight’

A week after Apple announced that the English band would headline the opening night of its upcoming iTunes Festival, Coldplay on Tuesday released a new song, Midnight.

It’s a woozy, low-key ballad with heavily processed vocals by frontman Chris Martin that strongly recall the work of Bon Iver; indeed, that band probably could’ve snuck Midnight onto its self-titled 2011 album without anyone noticing.

The track hasn’t been officially described as a taster from a new Coldplay record, the group’s follow-up to 2011’s Mylo Xyloto.

But its appearance weeks before the group’s March 11 performance at the iTunes Festival — scheduled for a five-night run in Austin, Texas, during the annual South by Southwest music conference — certainly suggests that something is coming.