U2 - Every Breaking Wave

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From U2's latest album Songs Of Innocence, the video for 'Every Breaking Wave’ is directed by Belfast-born Aoife McArdle and drawn from her 13-minute short film of the same name.

Set against the social and political turmoil of early 1980s Northern Ireland where McArdle grew up, the film ‘Every Breaking Wave’ is built around themes of emotional abandon and the uncertainty of romantic relationships. The story follows two teenagers, one Catholic and the other Protestant, who fall in love amidst ongoing violence. The short film's emotional core is centered around ‘Every Breaking Wave’ and ‘The Troubles’, two tracks drawn from U2's most recent album Songs of Innocence

Music video by U2 performing Every Breaking Wave. (C) 2015 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited 

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A scaled-down version of a recent short film supporting U2's Songs of Innocence presents the love story of a pair of young skins trying to work it out during the political strife of early '80s Ireland.

Director Aoife McArdle's Every Breaking Wave originally showcased both the titular track and fellow Songs of Innocence number "The Troubles," but a trimmed-down vid supporting the former's recent radio edit truncates the short film while preserving the passion and pain. As you'll see down below, the video presents the difficulties of a couple's budding relationship, as framed within the complex and violent Catholic vs. Protestant sentiment running through Northern Ireland. Friendly mosh pit action and romantic moments are juxtaposed against bombings, political arrests and more.

"I wanted to make a film about what it was like to be a teenager in the early '80s in Northern Ireland," McArdle had said in a statement. "All the different pressures on you, the pressures of friendship, of falling in love for the first time, and all that in the face of huge troubles. Violence was inescapable on your doorstep. I remember very vividly what it was like to grow up when there were bombs going off and army everywhere so I did draw on a lot of memories."
-- Exclaim!

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