Mumford & Sons have shared the emotional video for their single "Beloved." The band brought the song's themes to life by shooting visuals that follow a young boy watching over his dying mother at the hospital. He fantasizes about breaking her out and running around the town of Port Talbot, Wales — shoplifting, playing ding dong ditch, and riding horses on the beach, with his mom still sporting a hospital gown. By the end of the clip, he has to say goodbye. But when he's in the car driving home, he notices a sign that proves his mom is still with him.
“Everyone knows loss in one way or another,” Marcus Mumford said in a statement. “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.”
“Port Talbot was an amazing place,” said director Charlotte Regan. “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.”
Watch the "Beloved" video below, and be sure to grab a box of tissues first — this one's a tearjerker.
The song is featured on Mumford & Sons' latest album, Delta. The folk-rockers are currently on a massive world tour in support for the record. Check out a full list of dates here.
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