Atmosphere, a classic song by the iconic post-punk band Joy Division, released in 1980, is still as powerful and emotive as it was 40 years ago. The music video for the track, released in 1988, is a fitting accompaniment to the song, with its use of black and white footage, and the overall bleakness of the imagery. It features footage of the band performing live, interspersed with various scenes of urban decay and abandonment, as well as shots of lead singer Ian Curtis, in a number of striking poses.
The video, in its own unique way, captures the mood and message conveyed in the song, which is that of a sense of hopelessness and despair. It conveys this message through its bleak and minimalist visuals, and its lack of narrative, allowing the viewer to focus solely on the music and the emotions it evokes. The video was an instant classic, and has since become synonymous with the band and the genre. It’s a powerful and timeless reminder of the power of music, and its ability to evoke strong emotions.