From U2’s latest album Songs Of Innocence, the video for ‘Every Breaking Wave’ is directed by Belfast-born Aoife McArdle and drawn from her 13-minute short film of the same name. Set against the social and political turmoil of early 1980s Northern Ireland where McArdle grew up, the film ‘Every Breaking Wave’ is built around themes of emotional abandon and the uncertainty of romantic relationships. The story follows two teenagers, one Catholic and the other Protestant, who fall in love amidst ongoing violence. The short film’s emotional core is centered around ‘Every Breaking Wave’ and ‘The Troubles’, two tracks drawn from U2’s most recent album Songs of Innocence.
In October, U2 issued an apology after the album was automatically downloaded into every iPhone in the world as part of the marketing for the launch of the iPhone 6. Apple then published instructions on how to delete the album.
CORRECTION: Readers point out that the album only downloaded automatically if users had enabled that function.