The Cranberries have released the video for All Over Now, the lead single of their final album.
The video, directed by Dan Britt, drew inspiration from Eric Ravilious’ English countryside landscapes which the director calls “beautiful but stark and criss-crossed by barbed wire and the signs of human activity”.
The storybook-like flat animation, featuring backgrounds created by illustrator Tom Clohosy Cole, has an intentionally hand-crafted feel, thanks to colouring techniques created with watercolour brushes and paper textures.
“After some initial discussions about the direction I was left alone for the most part,” says Britt of the video, which draws on the TS Elliot poem ‘In The End Is My Beginning’ and Dolores O’Riordan’s lyrics detailing an abusive relationship. “The band’s support has led to what I hope is a good match to this lovely song a fitting tribute to Dolores.”
All Over Now is taken from In The End, the Irish band’s eighth studio album. Due for release on 26 April, the LP has been described as a celebration of the creativity shared by O’Riordan and her bandmates, guitarist and co-songwriter Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler.
“Dolores was so energised by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live,” reveals Noel of the songwriting process.
The 11 songs on In The End were written and demoed during 2017 and, following O’Riordan’s passing in January 2018, the rest of the group decided to complete them in honour of the singer.
“We knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do,” says Noel of the decision to record In The End. “The worry was that we would destroy the legacy of the band by making an album that wasn’t up to standard.
“Once we had gone through all the demos that Dolores and I had worked on and decided that we had such a strong album we knew it would be the right thing and the best way that we could honour Dolores.”
So they turned to producer Stephen Street, responsible for their most successful albums, to turn the demos into fully fledged songs.
“It was a bittersweet time,” says Noel of the four weeks they spent in a London studio. “The joy of recording new tracks is always exciting and one of the best parts of being in a band. At the end of every day when we’d laid down our parts there was a sense of sadness, knowing that Dolores wouldn’t be in that evening to work on that day’s track.”