After the wild success of their last video for “Heartbeats”, The Winter Sounds return to the forests of Estonia for a follow-up with “Earth After a Thunderstorm” — this time less alone, but tackling the themes of isolation in an even more effective way.
“Earth After a Thunderstorm” opens with the words “I wake from the fog of a dream” sung with an effected distance. The image that appears on screen is blurred, introducing the audience to the psychedelic and dreamy elements that this song dabbles in. Nothing is as straightforward as it seems. The music is pop with a skewed touch — the vocals take control as the instrumentation mingles behind, weaving melodies that float into another world. Perhaps a world where mannequins come to life.
But Patrick Keenan, the singer and songwriter of The Winter Sounds, is firmly rooted in our world, and the mannequin he co-stars with remains static, no matter how much affection he pours in. Vast and stunning cinematography accentuates his loneliness, and the images unfold in such a way as to make us hope for Keenan’s character — hope that his love will come to life, will talk about records with him, will run through the woods.
Using clarity, strings, and a strong sense of melody, The Winter Sounds effectively play with your heart as the lyrics explore the human need to share our experiences and dreams with another.