Released last September, Tales of Us may arguably be Goldfrapp’s most hauntingly gorgeous and atmospheric work to date, as many of the album’s compositions are comprised of piano, lush string arrangements, classically played guitar and Allison Goldfrapp’s arresting vocals as you’ll hear on “Laurel” which also appears on the band’s recently released Tales of Us Deluxe Edition.
“Laurel” much like Tales of Us’s other compositions possesses a cinematic quality and for me, it evokes a very specific type of film – a carefully crafted, art house bildungsroman in which its protagonist goes through a sexual and/or spiritual awakening. And in turn, such cinematic material deserves a striking, film quality-like video. The official video, much like the previous videos are extremely narrative centric. and in the case of “Laurel” was shot in and around Los Angeles in a lush black and white, and follows an actress desperately seeking the big lights and fame of Hollywood.