THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2015 |
Posted by: Alana Solin
Vance Joy's video for his song "Fire and the Flood" is balmy, well-lit, almost summery in aesthetic. The song is similarly upbeat and melodious in the way that is so signature to Vance Joy's music. This contrasts harshly against the feelings of rage and half-contained fear in the video. Joy watches emotionlessly as the girl he loves rampages around their apartment, destroying everything in sight - but we see it all backward. Because of this, the video ends with the camera slowly withdrawing from its close-up of Joys face to reveal that he is sitting on a couch, the girl settled peacefully across his lap, the apartment behind them fully intact.
This moment, however brief, paints Joy as a prophet and highlights the chasm between the lovers. Joy knows that the girl is going to snap, but his passivity both in that scene and in the rest of the video shows that he feels obviously unable to stop her from doing so. Just like the fire and the flood that he sings about, this woman is an unstoppable force of nature, and he has no choice but to absorb any destruction that she brings.
"Fire and the Flood" will be available for purchase on July 24th.
Also, check out our session with Vance Joy below!