Reporting Shannon Carlin
U2 has a brand new song–their first in three years–but it wasn’t written for their long awaited follow-up to 2009′s No Line On The Horizon. Instead it’s a track the band wrote specifically for the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, starring Idris Elba.
The song, which is featured in the movie’s trailer, sends a clear message, as Bono sings, “We can’t fall any further and/We can’t feel ordinary love/ We can’t reach any higher/ We can’t deal with ordinary love.” Watch the trailer below to hear the song, which comes in a little past the one minute mark.
U2′s upcoming album has been in the works since their 2009-2011 world tour and features production work from Danger Mouse.
Last year, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was reportedly seen at Electric Lady Studios in New York City at the same time the band was recording there, though there is no word yet whether it was for work or for play.
In a recent interview with Irish radio station, 98FM (via NME), bass player Adam Clayton said the band is aiming to finish the record at the end of November, but gave no timeframe for when the album will actually be released. But in the chat, he did hint at what fans can expect from the upcoming record.
“I think it’s a bit of a return to U2 of old, but with the maturity,” Clayton said. “If you like, of the U2 of the last 10 years. It’s a combination of those two things and it’s a really interesting hybrid.”
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is based on Mandela’s 1994 autobiography Long Walk To Freedom and covers Mandela’s journey from his childhood in a rural village to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
The movie is out in limited release in the U.S. on November 29.