Harry Styles’ New Music Video is Very Religious
After weeks of anticipation, Harry Styles dropped his debut music video as a solo artist this morning.
While we already knew the music video would be jam-packed with shots of Harry flying over the Scottish countryside in a cream-colored sweater, we didn’t expect there to be so much Jesus imagery.
Looks like somebody’s really trying to clean up his trouble-making image, huh?
The actual video is fairly uneventful for a five-minute long music video.
After moodily staring out at the dry, boring Scottish landscape around him, Harry Styles launches himself into flight as soon as the “beat” for the chorus drops.
Then he flies over a variety of picturesque locations before literally running on water, parting the frickin’ sea, and flying up into the clouds, which is probably supposed to represent heaven.
In a recent Rolling Stone profile, Harry’s team revealed “Sign of the Times” was written “from a point of view as if a mother was giving birth to a child and there’s a complication. The mother is told, ‘The child is fine, but you’re not going to make it.’ The mother has five minutes to tell the child, ‘Go forth and conquer.’”
Now, I’m not saying Harry Styles is literally trying to say he’s a Jesus-type figure, here to save humanity from the sins of manufactured pop musicians past, but I’m also not saying he’s not.
The signs are all there.
Harry Styles pretty much dropped off the side of the earth after One Direction broke up.
Yes, he was shooting a movie, but he kept himself out of the headlines until he decided it was time to resurrect himself with his new solo material.
Gone was the lovable goof ball, and in his place was a very serious young man – at least when it came to his music.
And since he’s come back, two out of three songs he’s shared with us have contained religious-sounding lyrics.
In “Sign of the Times,” the song begins with Harry intoning: “Welcome to the final show / hope you’re wearing your best clothes / you can’t bribe the door on your way to the sky / you look pretty good down here / but you ain’t really good”
And in “Ever Since New York,” he sings: “I’ve been praying, I never did before / understand I’m talking to the walls / and I’ve been praying ever since New York”
“I definitely consider myself to be more spiritual than religious. I’m not super tied-in to certain rules but I think its naive to say nothing exists and there’s nothing above us or more powerful than us. I think that’s a little narrow-minded.”
And he’s even gone so far as to get the Bible tattooed on his arm.
Whether or not he’s amping up the religion to try and scrub himself free from the image of himself as a trouble-making fuckboy who broke Taylor Swift’s heart, one thing is clear: Harry Styles might be more spiritual than religious, but he’s not just doing it to try and appeal to a bigger fanbase.
He really believes.