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Here’s Coldplay’s dreamy new Aardman Animations video for ‘Daddy’, and new song ‘Champion Of The World’

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Aardman Animations have joined forces with Coldplay for the video for their new single ‘Daddy’. Check it out below along with another new song ‘Champion Of The World’.

The animation company responsible for the Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run franchises have created a clip that uses live action puppetry, digitally painted sets and 2D animation to symbolise a girl’s memories of her father.

Directed by Aardman’s Åsa Lucander, the full length, five-minute video follows a girl who is lost at sea, alone in a rowing boat and sailing towards the unknown.

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“It was such an honour to direct this video for Coldplay,” said Lucander. “The first time I listened to the track it spoke to me on a deep level – I immediately started to imagine storylines and images formed in my mind’s eye. When this happens, you know you’re on to something very special! I’m often drawn to emotional stories and I knew very quickly that this was one I wanted to tell.”

Lucander continued: “‘Daddy’ isn’t a single in the traditional sense, but we always wanted to make a video for it as the song feels like a story within itself. Åsa and her team have done an incredible job in bringing the story to life,” said Phil Harvey, Coldplay’s Creative Director.

The band have also shared another new song ‘Champion Of The World’, with a co-write credit given to the late Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison. Check out the song below, and read all about how the song came to be as well as Frightened Rabbit’s exclusive NME interview on the collaboration here.

The band announced details of their “experimental” two-part record last month, previewing the project with the tracks ‘Orphans’ and ‘Arabesque’.

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Last week,  frontman Chris Martin also confirmed that the band will not be playing Glastonbury in 2020.

He said: “We won’t be playing at Glastonbury 50 – although, I’ll probably be there because I love going – it’s like our home…but we won’t be playing.”

Coldplay release new album ‘Everyday Life‘ on Friday November 22, when they will also launch the album with two special live-streamed shows from Jordan – before performing at London’s Natural History Museum on Monday. A representative from the band recently said that they were looking to release a follow-up to the album “as soon as possible“.

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