Mumford & Sons have premiered the video for “Beloved,” a single from the band’s new album, Delta.
The emotional clip focuses on a young boy at the hospital who fantasizes about spending one last day with his dying mother outside of the hospital. As you can probably guess, the end is pretty devastating.
Frontman Marcus Mumford:
“Everyone knows loss in one way or another, this song is about that.
I’d never sat with anyone as they died before, and it had an effect on me. As it does everyone I know who has experienced it. But there’s wildness and beauty in it as well, and a deep honoring, that became the beginnings of this song that we worked up called ‘Beloved.’ I feel determined for people to take whatever they want from it, and not to be emotionally prescriptive.”
If you have a box of tissues ready, you can watch the “Beloved” video now on YouTube.
Mumford & Sons are currently touring the U.S. behind Delta, which also features the lead single “Guiding Light.” The spring leg concludes March 31 in Milwaukee, followed by a summer leg beginning in August.
Charlotte Regan, whose 2017 short film Standby was nominated for a BAFTA, directed the clip, and shot it in and around Port Talbot, Wales.
“Port Talbot was an amazing place,” she said. “To be honest it was somewhere I hadn’t thought about until the band mentioned it. I used to visit my nan up north in Redcar where she lived for a little while and remembered looking down long streets and seeing kids playing football or curby with these big industrial buildings in the background, and initially, that was where I had in mind. But as soon as we started looking at pictures of Port Talbot, we knew it was perfect. It was a proper beautiful place with an amazing sense of community but still maintained that kind of grit we were looking for.”