newly released video for Calgary is mysterious, to say the least. Directed by Dan Huiting and Andre Durand, the video takes place in the forests of Minneapolis and in correspondence with Justin Vernon's typical lyrical style, leaves the viewer ready to analyze.
The video opens with a white bed floating on water, and slowly the translucent shadow of a dark-haired and pale snow-white appears and comes to life. She falls through her bed and enters what would appear to be an enchanted forest. This fairy-like girl meets her male counterpart upon leaving the underground woods, and immediately they join hands in a ceremonial ritual where branches come crashing down around them. Together, they put leaves on fire into the water in front of them, to the lyrics theres a fire going out/but there's really nothing to the south. As these floating orbs go down the water, the previous montage transitions from falling branches to a brightly lit and powerful fire.
Now, here's where it gets real weird—The scene fades to black and slowly we are taken to a much more vivid color scheme, distinct from the earthly hues of the previous forest setting. The shot is filmed upside down, where several people are standing around a cube of dirt with a white sheet and pillows that floats down from the earth, which has a cub hovering above it. As this bizarre bear funeral takes place, Vernon sings, "oh the demons come/they can subside" so we can take it that Vernon really isn't such a fan of young animals? Though the inexplicable enigma of this music video makes little to no sense, Bon Iver succeeds in keeping with his picturesque lyrical and soulful vocal style. The video and the song are really lovely, and who knows, maybe Vernon knows something about a connection between the afterlife and bears that we do not?
Bon Ivers new self-titled album will be released next Tuesday.
Try and figure out "Calgary" for yourself here.