The last time Ed Sheeran and Rudimental teamed up for a music video, it involved Ray Liotta getting drunk, riding a horse and setting things on fire. But this time, the guys have toned it way down for the artsy “Lay It All On Me” vid, released Friday (Nov. 6).
The black-and-white visual starts with the British electronic quartet — Piers Agget, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith — standing with younger versions of themselves. Then we travel back and forth between different rooms with varying individuals. There’s a breakdancing inmate, war criminals being interrogated, a ballerina, a belly dancer, and Sheeran himself, singing in a hazy fog.
The overriding theme of the vid seems to be about finding hope and comfort in the face of destruction and devastation. Interspersed throughout is footage of nuclear explosions and thunderstorms, as well as words like “Struggle,” “Peace,” “Freedom,” “Brotherhood” and “Love” flashing across the screen.
“Lay It All On Me” appears on Rudimental’s sophomore album, We the Generation, which dropped Oct. 2. Sheeran previously said the song would be his “final thing” that he’s releasing in a while. But at least he’s going out on a strong note.
Check out Sheeran and Rudimental's live performance of "Lay It All On Me" from last month's EMAs: