On the heels of her affecting sophomore album “Swift Arrows,” released in July, Shelby Earl is back with a music video for the title track.
The song details a particularly nasty breakup and makes the point that sometimes the best revenge isn’t living well, it’s throwing all of your anger back in that person’s face. The video, directed by Neil Ferron, is a surreal, hilarious take on a wedding anniversary gone horribly awry. It’s definitely worth four minutes of your day, if only for one of Earl’s best songs.
Earl spoke with Rolling Stone earlier this week about the thought process behind the video: “‘Swift Arrows’ is about the experience of being hurt by someone you once trusted and coming out of it a warrior, rather than a victim. It’s also about our very human desire for revenge and the inclination to fire ‘swift arrows’ at those who’ve caused us pain, rather than choosing to heal and move on. When Neil Ferron, the writer-director, and I met to discuss ideas for the video, we decided we wanted to tell the story of an absurdly painful life event that ends up being unexpectedly redemptive.”
Check out the video above and then let us know what you think in the comments or on Twitter @soundposts. As a holiday bonus, Spotify now has Earl’s “This Christmas Is for Us” available to stream.
-Owen R. Smith, on Twitter @inanedetails