Adele Hello from the outside

UK singer/songwriter Adele has released a music video for “Hello”, the first single to be released from her up and coming album “25”. Shot on a farm in Quebec, the music video stars New York actor and singer Tristan Wilds in the role of Adele’s ex boyfriend. Adele’s appearances in the music video provide a nostalgic look back at a previous era, symbolised by a flip phone, a rotary dial phone, and a telephone box being reclaimed by nature. The VEVO music video has broken records for views since its release on October 22, reaching 57 million views as of today. The single’s release was teased in 30 second commercial aired during X Factor, with the lyrics played across a black screen. The 25 album is set for release on November 20th.

Adele Hello music video with phone booth

BlendedTVhas released a short clip blending Adele’s Hello with Lionel Ritchie’s “Hello”.

Credits

Filming was shot by director/editor Xavier Dolan via Believe Media, Sons of Manual and Metafilms with executive producer Janne McInnes, producer Nancy Grant, director of photography André Turpin and production designer Colombe Raby. Commissioner was Phil Lee.

Tristan Wilds is known for his roles as Michael Lee on the HBO original drama series The Wire and as Dixon Wilson on the CW teen drama series 90210.

Adele Hello music video with phone booth

Adele and Dolan met in London this summer, where Dolan was one of the first people to hear “Hello”. Without any preconceptions, he immediately saw the imagery that he wanted to shoot, and the resulting video adheres almost identically to that initial vision. In September, Adele came to Quebec, where Dolan called upon his feature film family to shoot the 6:07 video as he would one of his films. Part of the film was shot on IMAX, the first music video ever to use that format.

“It was a privilege to direct the music video for Adele’s beautiful, heartbreaking song ‘Hello’. When I first heard it, all the images appeared clearly in my head – and her trust and generosity allowed me to work with abandon artistically and emotionally, like she always does. It made me extremely proud.” – Xavier Dolan

Dolan’s films are known for their female leads’ powerful performances; he has said “in my childhood, I was surrounded by women, and they are the figures who I have seen fighting for who they were and are. So, naturally I do write a lot for women and mothers.”

The “Hello” video alternates past and present; Adele in the present reflecting on a relationship, and the viewer seeing those remembered scenes from her perspective. As if in a century-old photograph, Adele is seen in the romantic haze of reflection, contrasted with the dynamic, quivering energy of life with him as it was actually lived.

Xavier Dolan’s visionary decision to shoot aspects of his video with IMAX cameras marks the first music video ever to be filmed in the format. Capturing images at 18K resolution, IMAX cameras are the highest resolution film cameras in the world and have only been used by a select group of today’s most prominent Hollywood directors, such as Christopher Nolan and JJ Abrams, and in such films as Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Of the album, Adele said in a Facebook post this week: “I feel like I’ve spent my whole life so far wishing it away…Wishing I hadn’t ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored…If I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself.” The video for “Hello” brings these sentiments to life.

Hello Lyrics

I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time’s supposed to heal ya,
but I ain’t done much healing

Hello, can you hear me?
I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I’ve forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet

There’s such a difference between us
And a million miles

Hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart
Anymore

Hello, how are you?
It’s so typical of me to talk about myself, I’m sorry
I hope that you’re well
Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened?

It’s no secret that the both of us
Are running out of time

So hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart
Anymore, ooooohh
Anymore, ooooohh
Anymore, ooooohh
Anymore, anymore

Hello from the other side
I must’ve called a thousand times
To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart
Anymore