(Photo via We All Want Someone To Shout For)
At Midday today (1st July), Pitchfork.tv debuted the music video to Manchester band M O N E Y’s single ‘Hold Me Forever’, which will also feature on their forthcoming album The Shadow of Heaven, released on the 26th August, via the Bella Union label. The video is also the directoral debut of Cillian Murphy (otherwise known as the bloke who played the Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy. He also played roles in The Wind that Shakes The Barley, Red Eye, and 28 Days Later). Talking of his directoral debut, Murphy stated:
“Hold me Forever knocked me out when I first heard it. It’s a sublime mix of beautiful melody and arresting emotion – but uniquely it is not a love song. I wanted to try and match the song with images that were both visually elegant and powerful. For some reason ballet dancers kept coming into my head. The strength, commitment and fluidity of movement of the dancers seemed somehow to cut wonderfully to the song.”
The song is undeniably beautiful, possessing an etherial quality due to the swirling combination of chimey guitars and synths, coupled with the strikingly uplifting and fluid lyrics of the band’s frontman, Jamie Lee. Thus, as Murphy pointed out, the fluidly of movement throughout the song undoubtedly matches the movement of dancers, making for a quite strikingly beautiful coupling.
The video was shot on location at The Old Vic Theatre in London, and features the talents of the English National Ballet.
N.B. – This video strikingly reminds me of Local Natives’ contribution to Pitchfork’s ‘City of Music’ series, which also utilises ballet dancers to express the movement of a song. Watch it below.