'Queen of Peace' and 'Long & Lost' make up Odyssey chapters 4 and 5
A small Scottish island is the star setting of Florence And The Machine‘s latest two-part video, a ten minute epic featuring the tracks ‘Queen of Peace’ and ‘Long & Lost’.
The video is a continuation of a storied theme. Previous tracks from latest album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ were given their own ‘Odyssey’ video outings as parts 1-3, with ‘St Jude’, ‘What Kind Of Man’ and ‘Ship To Wreck’ released between February and April.
The latest video was produced by long-time Florence collaborator Vincent Haycock, and filmed on the tiny island of Easdale in the Inner Hebrides, which has a population of less than 100 and an area of just 62 acres. It sees Florence hugging locals, singing to fisherman in a dark harbour, and – as a child – comforting a battered and bruised young love.
The island’s natural drama is at the heart of the footage, and Haycock notes he was particularly inspired by the scenery:
“The coast of Scotland is breathtaking, beautiful and harsh, an aesthetic mix that both Florence and I have been very interested in during the making of these videos”, he said in the video’s accompanying press release. “The Scottish people are amazing and especially the town of Easdale, the small island that we lived on and filmed in.”
“We shot in the winter and it was cold, brutal and endlessly inspiring, which I think really helped the story of Florence’s struggle with her family, the younger innocence vs. the feuding violence of the men around her, etc. The end of the video was done in a single take, at the very last seconds of light during a stormy barge ride on a freezing sea. The effort and focus on both the actors and crew was so amazing, Florence delivers one of my favorite moments to date and it’s one of my proudest technical and narrative accomplishments.”
Florence’s Autumn tour of the UK and Ireland gets underway on September 9 with a date at Belfast’s SSE Arena.