She might be the last artist to have released their music video for Eurovision 2020, but Albania’s Arilena Ara has shown that she’s saved the best for last. With the release of the “Fall From the Sky” music video, Arilena is inviting viewers into the cool, dramatic world of her Eurovision 2020 song.
The music video takes its cue from the “Fall From the Sky” song lyrics, which explore the emotional torment of a woman trapped in a seemingly abusive relationship.
We see Arilena in three different settings. All are lit with the same cool blue light — it clearly establishes that this is not a warm, cosy world for the character Arilena is portraying.
In the first setting, Arilena is dressed in a classic white suit jacket and is next to a piano. But most importantly — she never gets to play the piano. Arilena sits next to it, she stands on top of it, she idly runs her finger along its keys, but she never has the opportunity to sit down and play it.
This suggests that the bad relationship is oppressing her so much that playing music has become a low priority. Rather, by standing on the piano, she has taken the musical instrument and turned it into a platform to strengthen and empower herself.
The second setting might be familiar to fans of VICTORIA’s “Tears Getting Sober” video. It too features a gnarled old tree, but Arilena’s tree is painted white and is presented in a more stylistic sense.
In the tree scenes, Arilena is casually dressed in a casual white hoodie. Things are getting more dramatic with the tree. As well as singing the song, Arilena also strikes a number of poses, includes expressions of pain and torment. This is not a happy place.
The third setting takes inspiration from the avian themes of the song lyrics: “Fall from the sky / Always making me hold back my wings / When I’m destined to fly”. In this section, Arilena is found in a human-size birdcage, imprisoning her.
But in these scenes Arilena brings a strong, wild anger. She’s wearing a white moto jacket and her hair is big and curly — and there’s a sense that she’s fed up and ain’t gonna take it much longer. While she is imprisoned in a cage, her emotions can’t be contained.
The video ends on a subdued note, but it doesn’t leave Arilena as a helpless victim.
Arilena Ara – “Fall from the Sky” music video
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