Sure, Florence and the Machine’s new 10-minute short film is set in a charming spot somewhere in Scotland, but there’s not much else picturesque about it.
The video is set to “Queen of Peace” and “Long & Lost,” off How Big How Blue How Beautiful, and it’s just as poignant as the videos themselves. “Queen of Peace” finds Florence caught in the throes of a violent society, trying to maintain a sense of — you guessed it — peace. But no one seems to be listening. (“Oh, the queen of peace always does her best to please,” she sings. “Is it any use? Somebody’s gotta lose.”) “Long & Lost,” meanwhile, finds her escaping it all, fighting hat seems to be a gravitational urge to go back and wondering “Is it too late to come on home?”
This marks the latest collaboration between the band and director Vincent Haycock. He’s worked on a number of videos from How Big How Blue How Beautiful, including “St. Jude,” “Ship to Wreck” and “What Kind of Man.”
“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,” Haycock said in a statement. “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.”
Check it out below