Coldplay‘s music videos are almost as highly anticipated as their actual albums these days, and the band isn’t disappointing with their latest release. The group has revealed the clip for ‘Princess of China,’ their collaboration with Rihanna.
The video itself is shot like a film trailer and even comes with an opening title card that’s rated “POC” for ‘Princess of China.’ The clip itself looks as though it’s shot on the same film stock that many ’60s-era Chinese films were before it.
The trailer opens with frontman Chris Martin alone in the desert walking, thus taking the viewer through familiar territory as the singer always seems to be heading on foot to a destination in his videos (‘Yellow,’ ‘Fix You,’ ‘The Scientist’). However, the landscape begins to change, and we see the vocalist approaching a Chinese temple where Rihanna is lounging.
The seductive pop star gets several costume changes within the video, donning a colorful robe in one scene, wearing a sheer black dress with strikingly long fingernails in another, and later wearing a simple white robe in the clip’s pivotal scenes with Martin.