Plus, Florence Welch will be hitting the road this May and June.
Over the last year or so, Florence and the Machine has released a series of cinematic videos in support of the group’s latest album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful. Now, Florence Welch has unveiled her most grandiose visual effort to date, a short film entitled ‘The Odyssey’.
The 47-minute mini-movie is comprised of each of the album’s six previous videos: ‘What Kind Of Man,’ the title track, ‘St. Jude,’ ‘Ship To Wreck,’ ‘Queen Of Peace’ and ‘Delilah.’ A new video for ‘Third Eye’ comprises the film’s ninth chapter.
In an accompanying press release, Welch discussed how the film mirrors a lot of the album’s concepts, especially as it relates to rebirth and renewal.
“I was talking to him (director Vincent Haycock) about the record and the car crash of a relationship break up I was going through”, she said. “The highs and the lows of love and performance, how out of control I felt, the purgatory of heartbreak, and how I was trying to change and trying to be free. And we decided we would re-tell this story in full. We would reclaim this experience, re-imagine it and in some way perhaps I would come to understand it, to exorcise it. And so the ‘Big Blue Odyssey’ began…”.
Though it shares the name of Homer’s epic poem, Haycock said the film has just in much common with Dante’s equally seminal ‘Inferno’.
“It’s Florence’s personal journey to find herself again after the emotional storm of a heartbreak”, he said. “Like the layers of Dante’s purgatory, each song or chapter represents a battle that Florence traversed and physical landscape that embodied each song or story. It’s a metaphorical journey about escaping your demons, confronting yourself and returning to the original Florence, the dancer, the performer, the lover”.
Watch the ‘The Odyssey’ in full here. You can enjoy the standalone version of ‘Third Eye’ down below.
In other news, Florence a nd the Machine is set to headline British Summer Time at Hyde Park on July 2. Other featured acts include Kendrick Lamar, Todd Terje, Jamie xx, Blood Orange, Cat Power, and many more. Tickets are available here. Welch and Co. will be on tour in the U.S. this May and June, and you can consult the full schedule here.