Reflecting the lyrics, and the new album's themes of gender and sexuality, ‘Soothing’ features two female bodies intertwining across a large bed.
Their naturalistic and compelling movements, choreographed by Alexander Green, unfold to the soothing and seductive new single and make for an intimate and engaging watch.
Mill Colourist Oisin O’Driscoll explains, ‘Working closely with Director Laura Marling and Director Of Photography, Chloe Thompson, regarding the direction of this piece: we wanted to achieve a filmic look, with a soft level of contrast. Avoiding any lights to seem unnatural, we also aimed to keep the colours of the latex strong and inky.
To start with, I created an overall look that was soft, warm and natural to reflect the relaxed and intimate nature of the dancers. From there we pulled out the red and black of the of latex separately to really focus the attention in.
Then in contrast, we went darker and cooler for the dancers while keeping the same green tones for a consistent feel. The blue material in this is also an important aspect, as it reappears in the later spots in the series.
My favourite shot in the video is the final shot where the camera slowly jib's up from a MS of the two women. In these shots I pulled out the pink in the flowers and softened off the green flower boarder further.’