Written and directed by Dan Brown, the video showcases a surrealistic succession of images pulled from human history. Starting in the stone age, the video attempts to showcase the human struggle from start to finish. Images of Hannibal, Cleopatra, conquistadors and gladiatorial combat abound before the clip segues into a series of more modern struggles.
Through contrasting innocent vocals, “It’s only water/It’s only fire/It’s only blood/ It’s only slaughter” and vivid imagery of violence, the video instills ODESZA’s ethereal atmosphere with darker tones.
Going into greater detail over his creative decisions, Brown revealed that the track, “speaks to something elemental, fire, water, love, but from a viewpoint that seems removed. Things happen, good or bad. So it goes.
“This inspired a story about mankind, all of mankind, from the stone age through our bloody past and into the present using that same lens,” Dan adds.
The track was first released on the duo’s breakout second album In Return in 2014.
We haven’t seen much new material since from the ODESZA in the last year, but that doesn’t mean the group haven’t been hard at work. Caught up in a whirlwind of international tours since the release of Return in 2014, the pair are also in the process of setting up their own record label. Despite their musical silence, the two year gap between debut LP Summer’s Gone and Return and In Return suggests that 2016 could be the year we see a third studio album.
Read our interview with ODESZA: “We don’t stop. We don’t stop working.”