Florence + the Machine accompanied last year’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful with a series of videos directed by Vincent Haycock. Now, said clips have been put together to create a 47-minute movie comprising songs like “What Kind Of Man,” “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” “St. Jude,” “Ship To Wreck,” “Queen Of Peace,” and “Delilah.” There are also new scenes and a new final segment, set to “Third Eye.” Florence Welch described the last chapter in her own words on Facebook:
“This is the finale of a very personal project that came from a conversation me and Vince had in the Chateau Marmont about a year and a half ago while I was writing How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. I was talking to him about the record and the car crash of a relationship break up I was going through. The highs and the lows of love and performance, how out of control I felt, the purgatory of heartbreak, and how I was trying to change and trying to be free. And we decided we would re-tell this story in full.”
“The Odyssey, like the epic poem by Homer, is a journey. It’s Florence’s personal journey to find herself again after the emotional storm of a heartbreak. Like the layers of Dante’s purgatory, each song or chapter represents a battle that Florence traversed and physical landscape that embodied each song or story. Its a metaphorical journey about escaping your demons, confronting yourself and returning to the original Florence, the dancer, the performer, the lover.”
Watch The Odyssey in full here.