The images and moods that I am envisioning for a Soft Kill video, they are probably appropriate for almost any song on the new album. The moments and images I am seeing are inspired by the sound and texture of Soft Kill as a whole. I do not feel the need to get into the specifics of any one song. That said, I’m inspired particularly by “Do You Feel Nothing”, “Saviour” and “Changing Days”. But not only those songs.
Since the whole record is a product of the experience of almost losing a child, and that near-death experience, I keep coming back to the idea of catharsis via entering “the” light. A tunnel, light at the end of it, a place to strive for. The camera moves forward through the tunnel, Soft Kill is seen in silhouette in the tunnel, in the darkness, a life beyond in the light in the end of the tunnel. Tobias in hoodie, mostly in silhouette. Focus on the background, the members of the band in foreground out of focus. Sometimes lit, sometimes not. Like the music, images of the band are meant to be a part of a bigger whole.
I see guitar necks swaying in silhouette, headstocks waving slowly, feet, hands, backs of necks. Etc. Details of the whole. And then wide shots of the tunnel with sometimes one figure. Sometimes 4 figures, all with instruments. Black and white. With texture and contrast. Imperfect. Out of focus, then in, then out.
If we want to expand that idea further, and have some things “happen”, I like the idea of short shots of Tobias in silhouette, lying down on the floor of the tunnel, writhing in pain, just a shape in agonizing, slow restlessness. At some point, his shape arises, walks forward towards the light, and then bends down to pick up a flower out of the filth. No faces, just hands, sleeves, ink. Maybe the last shot is a closeup of the hands cupping the flower entering the light. The metaphor is not subtle or rocket science, therefore I would tread lightly on it. Abstract, quick sparse cuts, lets not make a big deal of the message. I’d always err on the side of letting the viewer guess. But it is this metaphor that inspires us to be better people, to write music, to make pictures that touch people.
I’m interested in mood, feel, emotion, suggestive images and less about telling story, or star-like music video vocal delivery, etc etc. I’m ok being steeped in rich, abstract 80s music video history. It is a huge part of me.