After releasing two videos for Reflektor’s title track, Arcade Fire have now released a short film/music video for the second release “Afterlife”. The video is a gut-wrenching but beautifully executed exploration of family bonds, adolescent youth, life, and ultimately death.
The video’s narrative follows a Mexican family dealing with the loss of the wife and mother. The story focuses on the day-to-day experiences and dreams of the widowed husband and two sons. Paired with the dark and poignant lyrics of the song, watching this video is a powerful experience.
Oh my God, what an awful word
After all the breath and the dirt and the fires are burnt
And after all this time, and after all the ambulances go
And after all the hangers-on are done hanging on to the dead lights
Of the afterglow
I’ve gotta know
Can we work it out?