U.K. super group Mumford & Sons’ released a video for their U.K. single “Lover of the Light” which stars and was co-directed by Idris Elba. In the U.S. Mumford & Sons are best known for their current single “I Will Wait.” Although this song is not an R&B track, any chance to see Idris Elba suffices to be a fantastic reason to share this video with you.
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The cinematic clip, which stars and was co-directed by U.K. actor Idris Elba (Luther), follows a blind man’s journey out of his home (where he appears to be grieving the loss of a lover) and out into the forest. As he runs through the woods, his confidence surges — and a sort of joy blossoms on his face — until he arrives at a cliff side and yells his heart out to the ocean. He’s alive! In a world of darkness, he loves the light.
Elba’s journey through the wilderness is inter-spliced with images of a swift antlered deer, though it’s somewhat unclear whether he’s chasing the deer, imagining the deer, or if the nimble deer is simply an evocative representation of the man’s sensory aptitude.
What does it all add up to? Honestly, I don’t know — and that’s after watching the video three times — but I don’t mind that. It’s a gorgeous piece with lovely cinematography set to one of Babel‘s best tracks. Give it a watch below:
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