Ready or not, Coldplay are back with another radio-ready, soon-to-be-omnipresent single. “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” is out digitally most everywhere today, and will be released in the UK this Sunday.
From the band’s ongoing sessions with producer Brian Eno, the track features a slick keyboard buildup, some trademark Chris Martin couplets (maybe I’m in the black, maybe I’m on my knees / maybe I’m in the gap between the two trapezes), and plenty of Edge-esque guitars:
Now maybe that melody sounds somewhat familiar. Perhaps to get out in front of any potential litigation, Coldplay have confirmed to NME that “Every Tear Is A Waterfall” has more than a little bit in common with Australian singer Peter Allen’s 1976 hit “I Go To Rio”:
I take several things away from that video. Yes, that is same melody. Peter Allen was terrible at lip syncing. And he had his shirt tied up like a chick.
Oh, and 1:24 to 1:31 make me very uncomfortable.