Earlier this year, two months before his sudden and shocking death, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell shared the intense solo ballad “The Promise.” The song was written for a movie of the same name, a historical drama about the Armenian genocide. (Cornell also performed the song on The Tonight Show with a string section and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron.) And now directors Meiert Avis and Stefan Smith have come out with their video for “The Promise.” It’s the last video that Cornell ever made.
In the clip, we see Cornell thoughtfully singing and strumming an acoustic guitar. But he’s not the focal point of the video. Instead, the spotlight belongs to stock footage of Syrian refugees and of other people affected by the global refugee crisis. It’s a moving piece of work, not least because it captures Cornell in his final days. Watch it below, via Rolling Stone.
And for the first time since Cornell’s death, Soundgarden’s Twitter account posted something, to promote the video:
— Soundgarden (@soundgarden) June 20, 2017
“The Promise” is out now at iTunes.