Life in Technicolor II
I always thought that the intro section had a bit of santoor-tabla combo playing (Brian Eno’s idea no doubt) – although google searches kept insisting it was the “Persian Santur“. Anyway, I figured it would still be quite a good number for a fully Indo-western fusion version (more santoor, a bit of flute and even some sitar strings thrown in). Just a thought, not necessarily the reason for liking the music.
Now, being the usual chump, abodee under the rocks and quasi-luddite, I hadn’t realized (till about early this year) that Coldplay had actually released a follow-up version to La Vida – Prospekt’s March – that contains a full vocal, lyrical version of Life in Technicolor, unimaginatively named ‘Life in Technicolor II‘ !
Not to belabor it, point is that my realization about the existence of Prospekt’s March came while watching the music video of Life in Technicolor II (one that confirms the use of tabla and santoor):
While the video is interesting in its execution and fun to watch, I still prefer the original instrumental version of the song. I think the lyrics distract too much from the fluidity of the original melody (not to mention a bit of lack of subtlety in their video – did the little girl really need to confirm the CP bandmembers ?) .
[what’s the point of posting this now, when realization had come couple of months ago ? not much really, except that I am enjoying the music anew for some reason and that I hadn’t posted for a while. gotta let the imaginary readership know I’m alive and well!]