Life will go on after humans. That’s the basic premise of the latest Moby video, Falling Rain and Light.
Taken from his latest album, Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt, the new release blends together a contemplative range of imagery, designed to elicit a thoughtful reaction.
Spiraling drone shots, casting an objective glance over the remnants of an industrial world show scenes of ghost towns and crumbling mansions, sand filled apartment blocks, oil rigs and shipwrecks.
Soon it becomes clear that this is a world devoid of human life. Discarded notes and personal memorabilia lie forgotten. Shoes litter the ground, with no one to wear them.
Flickering into colour just after the minute mark, oceans, forests and waterfalls continue their everyday functions; stoic, resilient and majestic.
Wind blows through arid deserts, then the power of nature over human achievements is reinforced with images of flooding and towns reclaimed by forests. A dystopian silence is penetrated by birds rustling in the trees; tigers run, eagles soar and great mammals roam the African plains.
Above all else, in this absence of human life, there is an inarguable sense of peace.
The video ties in with themes of climate change, industrialised agriculture, habitat loss and humankind’s encroachment upon the natural world; all of which are things which we are hugely concerned about at My Good Planet.
“The video concept is simple; a world after people. It’s not that I don’t like people, but it seems like we might not be around for too much longer, and sometimes that seems like it might not be such a bad thing.” – Moby
Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt is available now from Mute records.
This isn’t the first time Moby has used his videos to make a strong point. In 2016, the artist released Are You Lost In The World (Like Me)?, which highlighted our smartphone obsession and social disconnect. An activist, philanthropist and campaigner for good in the world, Moby has recently held several charity auctions for worthwhile causes, including selling many of his own possessions.