Even more impressive than Florence + The Machine’s stellar third album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, is the magnificent slew of cinematic music videos they’ve released to accompany its standout tracks. The latest such example is the epic double-feature video for the tracks “Queen of Peace” and “Long and Lost,” which finds the band reuniting with director Vincent Haycock.
The first thing to note about the nearly 10-minute long mini-movie is the stunning backdrop — the clip is set on a picturesque Scottish coast, featuring beautiful shots of crashing waves and rolling hillsides. The weighty themes Florence and Co. explore, however, aren’t nearly as quaint; we soon discover Welch trying to act as healer to a destructive group steadfast in their combative ways.
The imagery is slightly unsettling, but like most of the band’s recent videos, impressive creativity abounds, and we’re even treated with more of the intricate choreography we saw in the “What Kind of Man” video earlier this year.
The transition to the quieter “Long and Lost” is beautiful and more somber, as Florence floats away from her troubled lover and lets her soft vocals shine as she wonders, “Is it too late to come on home?” The single-take scene is equal parts chilling, emotive, and magnificent, proving why the band is so worthy of the VMA nomination they snagged for “Ship to Wreck.”