Coldplay's new single is called "Magic," but its video is more inclined to the dark arts.
In the just-released clip, singer Chris Martin plays a couple of roles -- a scheming husband to magician Ziyi Zhang (of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame) and her lovestruck assistant. While the song is a future-leaning bit of drum machine minimalism, the video has a flapper-noir feel straight from the silent era, with lots of knife-throwing and wounded glances.
It's the first single off the band's forthcoming album, "Ghost Stories," which is out May 19 on Parlophone/Atlantic. It's a happier turn in the news for Martin, who recently announced his separation from wife Gwyneth Paltrow. Watch the full video below.