Ellie Goulding Delivers Poetic Music Video for New Single, “Like A Savior”
Esteemed pop artist, Ellie Goulding, has recently dropped her new single and music video for “Like A Savior” following her previous single, “Let It Die.” Both singles will be part of her upcoming album, Higher Than Heaven, which will be released next month on March 24. The album will be Goulding’s fifth studio album, one she’s been teasing since fall of last year.
The music video is directed by Joe Connor and set in a desert, where Goulding and interpretive dancers seem to be stranded. With choreography by Daniel Alwell, each dancer moves with purpose and as a unit – whether it be touching one another or dancing synchronously, the five members work together to survive with abstract and eccentric movements.
This unit could be perceived as a single person, as part of the first verse sings, “Calling out for someone to rescue me / And you danced into my life.”
Ellie Goulding is seen to be alone in the beginning of the music video, lying in the sand by herself. As the song progresses, it seems as though the dancers find her along the journey and celebrate their fellowship under the stars. The song itself relates to this scene with the chorus being: “Spinning in your starlight / You got the power to ease my mind / You’re leading me out of the dark / Like a saviour, shining in my soul, oh, oh”
Ironically, the last scenes of the music video end with Goulding and the dancers lying alone once again in the desert. Because the song’s lyrics are so deeply rooted in a euphoric love, it’s interesting that the storyline ended in that way. Could this type of “love” be toxic?
When asked about the album’s premise and ideation, Goulding stated,
“There was definitely a darkness about [the past two years] that was palpable in the studio, with everyone having gone through it differently. I think for that reason, nobody wanted to sit and agonise over some relationship or some drama. So that’s how this album came together. [Higher Than Heaven is] about being passionately in love. But it’s a hyper form of love, almost like a drug induced feeling. It feels almost artificial and there’s the potential for a crash.”
With this context comes more meaning behind the lyrics and production of the “Like A Savior” music video. We could unpack this song, this video, and these lyrics all day, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments!
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