July 27, 2015


Florence + the Machine's New Two-Song Music Video Is Gorgeous

If you've enjoyed the visual accompaniments from Florence + the Machine's new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful so far, Flo and Co.'s new music video for "Queen of Peace" and "Long & Lost"—which premiered today at NPR—is quite the must-watch.

After teaming for the videos to "What Kind of Man," "St. Jude" and "Ship to Wreck" (known as The Odyssey Chs. 1-3), Florence Welch and director Vincent Haycock got back together for the new 10-minute effort released today. The video kicks off by taking the "Queen of Peace" title literally, the singer weaving in and out of a skirmishing group of Scottish villagers, giving hugs as she seemingly attempts to end the feud. Florence singles out one man and begins a bout of passionate choreography with him.

Meanwhile, the "Long & Lost" portion represents the aftermath, as Welch is separated from the man. She puts on a gorgeous, emotive performance aboard a boat, with the final shot showering her reaching into the sky as the ship putters away from the island, seemingly admitting defeat. Come for the story and song, but stay for the visuals: The imagery is beautiful, with wide shots of the voluminous waves crashing against the seaside rocks of Easdale Island, off the western coast of Scotland. 

"Queen of Peace" and "Long & Lost" are the fourth and fifth parts, respectively, of Florence's The Odyssey series. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful hit stores in May and became the act's first No. 1 album in the U.S.