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Watch James Blake, Bon Iver’s Serene ‘I Need a Forest Fire’ Video

Conceptual clip plays with light, shadow, butterflies and birds

James Blake gets abstract and emotive in the new video for “I Need a Forest Fire,” a track off his surprise album, The Colour In Anything, featuring vocals from Bon Iver.

Directed by UVA, the clip comprises gorgeous shots of various art installations that play with light, shadow and shapes, while birds and butterflies are a common theme throughout. As the song reaches its subtle apex, a digitally rendered butterfly on a branch takes flight, preempting the stunning final shot of a whole kaleidoscope flitting about a lone bulb like the sun.

The Colour in Anything arrived last week and marks Blake’s third album and the follow-up to 2013’s Overgrown. Along with Bon Iver, it features Frank Ocean, who is also credited with co-writing the album; Rick Rubin co-produced the LP. Along with his new album, Blake recently appeared on Beyoncé’s Lemonade, co-producing “Pray You Catch Me” and “Forward,” and singing on the latter.

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