Analysis of a Music Video
This is the music video for the song 'Little Lion Man' by Mumford and Sons. It is from the genre of folk rock thus there are certain aspects of this video that link to the stereotypes of this genre.
The video is purely a performance, with the star element being the lead singer. The band are lip syncing whilst playing their instruments, thus linking to the genre of it being all about the making of the music. There are numerous close up images of the bands instruments, and them singing thus accentuates the idea that it is more about the making of the music rather than an extreme over the top performance. The wide sweeping shots show the band to be performing on a stage to no crowd, despite the building being reasonably large. Again this emphasises the idea of them believing more in the power and pleasure of the music, rather than the performance.
The muted light and silhouettes used creates a soft atmosphere that goes with the lyrics. As the song intensifies and reaches a crescendo the lights become brighter and bolder, thus conveying the raw emotion of the words used. The handing lights from the ceiling create the idea of a local bands gig, and not a global stage. This makes the audience feel included and creates an intimate relationship between the song and the audience. The song is about a man who "fucked up" his relationship and how his "heart is on the line". The soft dim lighting conjures a feeling of desperation and that the band is pouring their heart out alone. But as there is no audience shown, the individual viewing the video is made to feel like the sole viewer thus again creating an intimate nature. The band is putting emphasis on the lyrics of the song, as to them, this is the key element of their work.
The band is dressed in soft colours, with waistcoats and denim which link to the folk and rock genre their music belongs too. This goes with the setting and the lyrics and again allows the audience to focus on the lyrics of the song, rather than the performance aspect.