The video is light on Ellie-centric narrative, featuring the singer reclined on various pieces of furniture sporting straight blond hair that’s, disappointingly, not even remotely Skrillex-esque. But the clip is intercut with footage from the upcoming film Now Is Good, which stars Dakota Fanning as a terminally ill teenager crossing items off her bucket list. So, even if the song wasn’t already a tearjerker (which it is), the sight of a sickly and peaked Dakota Fanning would probably be enough to cause a breakdown. Watch the emotional clip above, then head below for more details about the track.
“I Know You Care” isn’t anywhere near as conceptual as her “Anything Could Happen” video, and the song is fairly simple, too. Goulding’s vocals sound more self-possessed than on her debut, and the songwriting is just as keen as ever. (The line “I’ve never known a winter so cold, now I don’t want my hands in your coat” is completely devastating.)
Unfortunately, Jim Eliot‘s minimalist production doesn’t give much indication of what to expect for the overall sound of the album, which ultimately leaves us wanting.
Still, it’s a promising taste of Halcyon, which hits stores October 9.