La Roux Gets Metaphorical In New Video
In an interview with Billboard, Elly Jackson said this album is musically supposed to touch upon "what people in the 1970s thought that the future was going to look and sound like." With her video for "Let Me Down Gently" she seems to have hit upon the early '80s, evoking a stillness reminiscent of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight."
Director Oliver Hadlee Pearch, who was the man behind similar videos for Jungle, puts Jackson in a room by herself for the first half of the video and allows the camera to soar over the countryside on what optically appears to be a train track for the second half. It's one of those visual tricks that seems simple, like nothing to the naked eye, until you realize it's been done in one shot.
Instead of a storyline, the video gives us a series of metaphors. Jackson is trapped in a box of her own emotions, then she is freed and runs away from them. The grainy quality of the film gives it a mystical feel and creates something of a sense of Kate Bush, a singer the British star owes a great debt to. Watch it here.