Cold­play salutes US im­mi­grants in new video

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Cold­play hailed the con­tri­bu­tions of im­mi­grants to the United States as the English rock­ers re­leased a video for a new song, "Mir­a­cles (Some­one Spe­cial)." Without any ex­plicit ref­er­ence to Pres­i­dent Donald Trump and his crack­down on im­mi­gra­tion, Cold­play made clear that the his­tory of the United States goes be­yond peo­ple of Euro­pean her­itage. The video starts with a wall of old photos. The shot zooms in to show im­mi­grants ar­riv­ing at El­lis Is­land, the sta­tion in New York Har­bor through which 40 per­cent of Amer­i­cans trace lin­eage.

The videos in­ter­sperses black-and-white pic­tures of Euro­pean im­mi­grants with new Amer­i­cans of other back­grounds, start­ing with a fam­ily of tur­baned Sikhs. "You could be some­one spe­cial / You've got fire in your eyes, I see Heaven inside / You'll go fur­ther than we've ever gone," front­man Chris Martin sings on the mid-tempo pop track led by key­boards. Rap­per Big Sean con­trib­utes a verse in which he speaks of the strug­gle to earn a sta­ble liv­ing in con­tem­po­rary Amer­ica. The video opens and closes with a child ly­ing in a bo­som of the shape of the Statue of Lib­erty, which is within sight of El­lis Is­land.

The video came out over the week­end af­ter the song ap­peared on Cold­play's EP, "Kalei­do­scope," which was re­leased Fri­day. It is the sec­ond song to raise so­cial is­sues from the five-track EP by Cold­play, which has long been ac­tive on hu­man­i­tar­ian causes. Cold­play ear­lier this month re­leased the track "Aliens" af­ter per­form­ing at the Global Cit­i­zen con­cert against global poverty on the side­lines of the Group of 20 sum­mit in Ham­burg. The band said pro­ceeds from "Aliens" would sup­port a char­ity that res­cues mi­grants attempting the per­ilous trip across the Mediter­ranean into Europe. Cold­play, one of the most suc­cess­ful rock bands of the early 21st cen­tury, re­leased "Kalei­do­scope" two years af­ter "A Head Full of Dreams," which the band had hinted could be its fi­nal ful­l­length al­bum. —

Fans cheer for Bri­tish band Cold­play per­form­ing at the Stade de France Arena in Saint De­nis, on the out­skirts of Paris. — AFP photos

Lead singer of Bri­tish band Cold­play Chris Martin (right) with gui­tarist Jonny Buck­land per­form at The Stade de France Arena in Saint De­nis.

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