The track sits at the middle point of Fine Line, Styles' second full-length album — a commercial hit, beating Eric Clapton's Unplugged in 1992 as the biggest U.S. sales week for a British male artist. "Falling" describes a moment in which Styles couldn't quite recognize himself anymore in his relationship. "I had started to feel myself becoming someone I didn’t want to be, and that was really hard," Styles told Zane Lowe in an interview. In the visual, Styles sits at a piano with a glass of whiskey, dressed in a frothy, Pierrot-esque top. He plays the piano and passionately sings the song, even when water floods the room and eventually submerges him.
Styles seems to have a thing with water. His debut album cover featured the former One Direction member in a pink bathtub. The music video for "Adore You" saw Styles toting around a magical fish in tanks of water. Even in his feature film, Dunkirk, his World War II-era character at one point finds himself perilously caught underwater. And now, he's singing underwater in "Falling." Maybe he'll find some dry land soon.