|“||Said he dreamt of God's search light||”|
“He was supposed to die, but I feel like they made a spiritual contract, where he made a roadmap for her of this honeymoon they were supposed to go on but he knew he was never going to go on it. It’s almost the perfect journey that he knows as a soul she needs to go on to become a fully-fledged woman and to find happiness.”
Joe is introduced to the story like a handsome young man with brown hair and blue eyes, the music video for “Sunday Love” and the lyrics of the album reflect in him a loving and quite fearful personality, it also seems that he possessed a certain gift of premonitory dreams due to the fact that The night before their wedding he dreamed that he was going to die.
None is known about Joe's life prior to his ill-fated wedding and death. The story of Joe can be divided into two parts (The Wedding Day and The Sadness).
The Wedding Day
The night before his marriage with the Bride, he tells her he had a foreboding dream that something bad was going to happen, so he is comforted by her on “Joe's Dream”. On the day of their wedding, he leaves the Bride waiting on the altar until news broke that he died on a car accident in Piney Point on his way to the church. The Bride, brokenhearted, leaves the church and embarks on a honeymoon alone.
On “Never Forgive The Angels”, the Bride mourns the groom's death and blames it on the angels and the higher force.
At the beginning of this new stage, The Bride presents a feeling of sexual desire with the “Close Encounters” track, a clearly loving feeling, but then she develops despair and sadness. Regarded as an avant-garde track, Natasha Khan explores a kind of mystical union that transcends any plane of both life and death.
- Jeff Ward portrayed Joe on the "Sunday Love" music video.
- Nash, Ed (21 June 2016). "INTERVIEW: Bat For Lashes on the art of storytelling". The Line of Best Fit.
- According to a car crash clipping featured on The Bride boxset. See it here.