Future Islands release a stunning new video for “Glada”, off of their 2020 album As Long As You Are, released via 4AD. “Glada” is directed by actress and frontman Sam Herring’s partner, Julia Ragnarsson as her directorial debut and edited by the renowned Ponyhans. The video captures a surreal and stunning portrait of the Swedish countryside and follows a lasting love between characters as the changing seasons come to pass.
Sam Herring says of the video,“The main treatment for the video was a portrait of the Swedish countryside with Julia’s parents as the protagonists. They filmed in the spring, summer, and most recently in the early fall of last year. For me, most importantly, it captures the place that this song is about, which is all I wanted to share in the first place.”
Julia Ragnarsson (Director) says,““Glada” is a song that was written about the exact place that I’m now quarantined, with my parents. A song about a past—grown over, the coming of a budding spring, and the birds that regularly circle our house and the fields and forests surrounding. We wanted to capture the beauty of nature here, pulling from the images which Sam describes in the song. The ups and downs of a long-term relationship. And how you sometimes have to stop and think about how lucky you are, especially in the midst of this seeming breakdown. I was stuck in the most beautiful place I know, unable to fully appreciate it because Sam wasn’t there. Making this video helped me to connect with him, but also got me to look outside and appreciate all that was around me.