Watch Florence + The Machine’s Epic Video For ‘Queen of Peace’ + ‘Long & Lost’
Florence + The Machine went big for the new music video they released today (July 27), opting to include both "Queen of Peace" and "Long & Lost" into a cinematic 10-minute, double-feature clip. Check it out below, but be aware of the NSFW frontal nudity from frontwoman Florence Welch at about 6:20 into the clip.
The video, directed by frequent Florence + The Machine collaborator Vincent Haycock, features a brawling group of people near a Scottish town and the emotional impact of their skirmishes. Haycock said of the clip in a press release:
We filmed "Queen of Peace" and "Long & Lost" in Scotland, one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to or filmed. The coast of Scotland is breathtaking, beautiful and harsh, an aesthetic mix that both Florence and I have been very interested in during the making of these videos. The Scottish people are amazing and especially the town of Easdale, the small island that we lived on and filmed. We shot in the winter and it was cold, brutal and endlessly inspiring, which I think really helped the story of Florence’s struggle with her family, the younger innocence vs. the feuding violence of the men around her, etc. The end of the video was done in a single take, at the very last seconds of light during a stormy barge ride on a freezing sea. The effort and focus on both the actors and crew was so amazing, Florence delivers one of my favorite moments to date and it’s one of my proudest technical and narrative accomplishments.
Both songs are from Florence + The Machine's 2015 album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which was released on May 29 via Island Records. The band is currently on tour until mid-November, so find their complete upcoming schedule at their website.