"Happy New Year, everyone. Here's the video for 'Birds,'" Coldplay's Twitter alerted fans Saturday. The grainy, Marcus Haney-directed video was filmed at the California landmark Salvation Mountain, a paint-covered hill created by the late artist Leonard Knight.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Chris Martin called A Head Full of Dreams the band's "hippie album," and the new video cements that theme: To match the colorful, psychedelic and spiritual "visionary environment" where the video was filmed, the "Birds" video is kaleidoscopic, mesmerizing and – like the track's titular creatures in flight – always in motion.
A Head Full of Dreams' booklet featured a photograph of the band atop the art piece, and it's likely the bulk of "Birds" was filmed during that shoot. "Birds" marks the second video off the Super Bowl 50 halftime performers' new album, following their jungle dance party for "Adventure of a Lifetime."