The music video is in a state of evolution at the moment. Sure, plenty of bands cut the standard promos that MTV used to play back in the day, but it’s the videos that expand the form and have viral potential that tend to get passed around. Rihanna‘s bonkers clip for “Bitch Better Have My Money” became an instant sensation, while Yo La Tengo recently turned its cover of The Cure‘s “Friday I’m In Love” into the soundtrack for the apocalypse. And now, U2 have done something special for the latest single, “Song For Someone.”
Director Vincent Haycock is behind the camera for this 9-minute short that stars Woody Harrelson as a prisoner who is released from jail and meets his daughter, waiting for her on the outside (played by Harrelson’s real life offspring, Zoe Harrelson). It’s a simple premise, executed pretty much perfectly. Harrelson’s face in the final moment before the video cuts to black is wrenching. Check it out below.