Coldplay hasn't released a full album since 2011's Mylo Xylo, although they did tease us with "Atlas," late last year, on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Still, if you find yourself jonesing for a Coldplay fix, we've stumbled upon a charming video that just might satisfy you.
YouTube sensation Austin Criswell's cover of the band's 2005 hit "Fix You" is quickly gaining traction. In the stark black-and-white clip, the husky, bespectacled singer/songwriter from Mount Holly Springs, Pa., offers a tender take of the track, accompanying himself on ukulele. As of Friday at noon the clip had more than 30,000 views since it was posted on Dec. 27. With his large stature, sweet voice, and ukulele, Criswell reminds us of a Caucasian version of legendary late Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, known for his medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World."
Criswell has established himself as the king of the acoustic cover versions of YouTube. Along with the Coldplay track, he offers acoustic interpretations of the Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah," Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Fountain of Wayne's "Hackensack," and more on his YouTube channel, which now has more than 92,000 subscribers.
He also has material available in iTunes, including the originals "Lullaby" and "You'll Be Okay," which he released in 2009. Last September, he released his cover of Death Cab For Cutie's "I'll Follow You into the Dark" on iTunes after his video of that track gained a following on YouTube. That clip now has more than 2.5 million views.
We think Criswell is a huge undiscovered talent, who'll at least you cure your Coldplay fix, but he could be on to bigger things in the future. How about you?
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