Today’s release is “Moving On”, a song about death and acceptance, in-keeping with the themes of the album it is featured on, 2014’s La Petite Mort.
James’ lead singer Tim Booth wrote the song after his mother’s death in his arms in 2012. In a televised BBC interview, Booth expressed his fondness for the song, particularly its accompanying animated music video:
“If you want to see what we’re doing, this is the thing to see. This is the best video we’ve ever made, easily”.
The stop-motion video shows the life cycles of figures made of string, who lose threads as they die, and are woven by the thread of a dying figure as they are born. Accepting the ongoing circle of life seems to be Booth’s message here, and is evidently a cathartic song for him in a time of loss and grief.
The best way to do this sleeve was to choose the best possible model in the name of Paola Garcia.