Ellie Goulding got into the holiday spirit by releasing her Amazon Original cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River” on Wednesday (Dec. 4).
The accompanying David Soutar-directed clip, sees the songstress along the UK coastline near Dungeness with her friends, gathering beach litter and recycled objects to make a zero-waste Christmas tree. The finished tree will be donated to The Village Prep School in North London for the Christmas season, before being deconstructed and re-used in future.
The warm holiday video is inspired by Goulding’s philanthropy work as a UN Global Ambassador. “I have always loved Joni Mitchell she was one of the first female artists that made me want to be a singer,” the songstress said in a statement. “She is one of the greatest songwriters of all time and I just truly hope that I have done this song some justice. Shooting the video in Dungeness was beautiful but a timely reminder that every single piece of plastic ever made is still on this planet. Plastic stuff is everywhere and our coastlines are suffering horrendously. It’s a material that will last for hundreds of years so we need to have a plan. We wanted to show something different and to incorporate a different type of Christmas message while creating something reusable and beautiful – I’m so happy that it will live on at the Village Prep School, hopefully visiting many more schools to come.”
Watch the video below.