Eight days before Coldplay release their new LP A Head Full of Dreams, Chris Martin stopped by Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show to premiere “Everglow,” a heartfelt, piano-led ballad from the band’s upcoming album. As Martin previously told Rolling Stone, “Everglow” features his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow contributing very subtle background vocals to the track.
As for the inspiration behind the track, Martin told Lowe, “I was in the ocean one day with this surfer guy, who spoke just like you’d imagine a surfer guy to speak … This guy spoke like Sean Penn’s character from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He was like, ‘Yo dude, I was doing this thing the other day man, it gave me this total everglow!’
“I was like, ‘What an amazing word.’ Then the song came completely out, and to me, it’s about – whether it’s a loved one or a situation or a friend or a relationship that’s finished or someone’s passed away – I was really thinking about, after you’ve been through the sadness of something, you also get this everglow. That’s what it’s about.”
Martin previously revealed “Everglow” was “about a relationship’s enduring spark.” As for Paltrow’s involvement on the farewell song, Martin told Rolling Stone, “We just did it in the studio one day. It was just a friendly kind of thing.”
Martin’s ex-wife isn’t the only unlikely guest to feature on A Head Full of Dreams: Noel Gallagher, Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter, Tove Lo, Martin’s children and a sample of President Barack Obama singing “Amazing Grace” will also appear on the album.