Glass Animals are newly declared Mercury Prize nominees and festival favorites whose inventive sound transports you to another universe. Today, they unveiled the music video for "Agnes," one of the most emotional songs the band has ever written, off of How To Be A Human Being
. The band reunited with "Pork Soda" director Eoin Glaister for a powerful video that "explores the weight of grief in an abstract way." Watching this video is like capsizing in a massive sea of emotions, so I can't even imagine how difficult it was to film.
Singer David Bayley whirls around in a human centrifuge machine, which I guess is like one of those zero gravity carnival rides but a thousand times more powerful. According to Bayley, the experience was "like being slowly sat on by an elephant, or like your whole body being punched in slow motion." Not my idea of a good time, especially since it took 18 tries to get the video just right.
"Agnes" is one of the band's most personal tracks to date, and one of their most beautiful. The overwhelming claustrophobia Bayley faces in the centrifuge represents the heart-stopping, isolating pain that follows the loss of a loved one. A sadness so intense that the world keeps speeding passed you, but you can barely even move. It takes a lot of strength to be able to share such an emotionally grueling video with the world, and we're so glad Glass Animals didn't hold anything back.