Amid the oversaturation of #squadgoals in the past year, Ellie Goulding comes through on Thursday (Jan. 14) and gives us the video for "Army," a love song to her best friend, Hannah. When you watch the video for the Delirium track, there's something that seems so genuine, especially given the conversation around authenticity and female friendship we've been having.
As fans, we're observers. We don't really know what goes on behind the scenes. It's hard to envision the ~real lives~ in those highly publicized Instagram friendships, but with "Army," we can see a little bit of ourselves in Ellie and Hannah, who spend much of the video chuckling over a joke known only to them.
It's actually quite surprising that there aren't more songs about friendship -- Selena Gomez's "Me And My Girls" and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Boy Problems" do stick out from 2015 -- but so often, pop music centers around love: how we feel when we're in it, making it, and feeling betrayed by it. We rarely hear odes to the women who have always been there.
"I'm amazed by the things that you would sacrifice/ Just to be there for me," Ellie sings in "Army," adding in a specific detail only she would know about Hannah: "How you cringe when you sing out of tune."
The black-and-white scenes with Ellie and Hannah feature them cuddling on a couch, giggling over a text, dancing in the singer's dressing room, making coffee and, mostly, just laughing, laughing, laughing with pure joy. You can hear real laughter.
"I just wanted to show our friendship for what it really is -- honest, real, electric," Goulding wrote on her Tumblr when she released the track in October.
"Sixteen and you never even judged me/ Matter of fact, I always thought you were too cool for me/ Sitting there in the caravan/ All the nights we've been drunk on the floor/ And yet you understand/ Yeah, like no one can."
The lyrics make you want to find your best friend and give them a squeeze -- rather than, say, show them off to your followers. Ellie taps into memories born of a true bond -- the nights you stayed up with your pal, laughing, drinking, dreaming, confiding in each other like you could with no one else.
Ellie's "Army" pays tribute to a different support system, one that you might not see every day but is just as important as any romantic relationship -- one that's valuable enough to write a love song about. She's standing with her army, and that's the most inspiring female friendship of all.