Tegan and Sara are well on their way to creating a video for every song from the pop-tastic Love You to Death, but the sisters’ latest carries more weight than a typical singalong. “Faint of Heart” stars LGBTQ youth in-character as musicians traditionally cherished as community icons: Elvis, Madonna, Prince, David Bowie, Grace Jones, and Tegan and Sara themselves. The real Tegan and Sara sit in the audience, cheering on the young performers.
According to Teen Vogue, where the video premiered, “Faint of Heart” happened to be filmed the day after a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In that atmosphere, its creation felt particularly emotional. “There was something very personal about this tragedy and that was undoubtably on our minds as we arrived on set,” Tegan Quin told the magazine. “I felt honored to be included… which sounds silly since it was a music video for our band.”
Watch “Faint of Heart” below, via Teen Vogue (and note that the first ten seconds are intentionally silent):