In their new video for “Dust to Dust,” the defunct folk duo the Civil Wars take to the streets of Paris, where we find John Paul White alone in a cafe, sipping espresso and penning a letter he ultimately hesitates to send once at the mailbox. His former bandmate Joy Williams is also alone with her thoughts, sipping wine at a bar.
But they’re not kept apart for long. Much of the video intersperses shots of the two in the studio together with scenes of them roaming the Paris streets. And for a moment, they look to be in perfect harmony.
The video culls together scenes shot in March 2011, when the band was on good terms and in full swing, supporting their break-out debut Barton Hollow. “When we re-discovered what we’d once thought to be lost footage from two years ago, these forgotten images from a trip to Paris strangely seemed fitting for the feel of ‘Dust to Dust,'”Williams said in a statement. “For me, it’s like stepping back in time.”