Published Nov 18, 2014Following Songs of Innocence's initial and infectious rollout, Irish arena giants U2 have since given the album an official physical release. Now, the collection is set to arrive on another format, this time with a video project called Films of Innocence. It's due out digitally on December 9 through Islands Records.
This release has been announced with a listing on the iTunes store. The description explains, "Eleven of the world's most acclaimed urban artists unveil their work through a collection of art films, inspired by U2's Songs of Innocence. Taking the political murals of Northern Ireland as a reference point, U2 pioneered the project to celebrate the unique democratic power of urban art."
The clips combine animation with live action, and the project is presented as "a visual counter-point to the album." The artists involved are Oliver Jeffers, Robin Rhode, D*Face, Mode 2, Chloe Early, Ganzeer, Vhils, Maser, ROA, DALeast and Todd James. Jefferson Hack is credited as director.
From what we can tell, this is a rather elaborate way of giving every song on Songs of Innocence its own music video, although the clips are billed as short films "inspired by" U2 rather than traditional videos. Watch a short trailer or Films of Innocence below.
The film will cost $9.99 for standard format or $12.99 for hi-def. It can be pre-ordered now.
Meanwhile, U2 have had to cancel their residency on the Tonight Show due to Bono's cycling injury.