Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00

Bastille's "Oblivion"

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You’ve probably already noticed that we’re big fans of British rock band, Bastille, but what might not be so obvious is our equally massive love for the wildly popular HBO series, Game of Thrones.

In a beautiful twist of fate, we’ve been gifted the music video of our dreams, or so we thought. Bastille just released their latest video-single for “Oblivion” (off their debut album) featuring Sofie Turner…aka Sansa Stark. Swoon, right? Eh, well, maybe not.

Sophie Turner

The video is a departure from the band’s prior David Lynch-style pieces, which also usually starred the group’s writer and front man, Dan Smith. Stylistically, “Oblivion” is richer in color, but similar in cryptic content with stills drenched in Bastille’s signature detail.

Sadly, we can’t give this piece a standing ovation, as Sophie’s guest-starring came off as simply a marketing ploy. It is quite possible that the band and Sophie are mutual fans, but to us, the collaboration seemed too unexpected and out-of-character to mean anything significant.

In fact, we had been anticipating the release for days and were frankly disappointed when Dan never appeared, and Sophie’s acting fell-short for us—we saw a character we’ve already seen a million times. However, the gimmick appears to have worked as fans of the both the band and/or show have been spreading the video like wildfire.

Oddly enough, all the media-attention is mostly focused on the 18-year-old actress, with most pieces simply crediting the band as something like “That British Band.”

Regardless, this piece happens to coincide with our sync song of the week, and the track (video or not) is beautiful. We imagine it syncing well with movie trailers. The sweeping vocals allow space for visual drama and quick development, which are key when trailers need to summarize an entire film into a couple minutes.

Those same elements also lend the track to working well with prime-time television dramas, specifically a series like Grey’s Anatomy.  It could be laid over montage scenes, or scenes depicting trauma, as the tune has a kind of heart wrenching or hopeless undertone, yet it’s still delicate. The overall sound is one best described as beautifully depressing.

Bastille’s last single “Pompeii” was recently named “the most streamed track ever in the UK with over 26 million streams,” according to the Official Charts. They are currently wrapping up festival season in Europe before returning to the states in September to (supposedly) begin recording their second album and kick off the final installment of their Bad Blood touring circuit (cleverly titled “Bad Blood: The Last Stand”).

You can follow the band, get tickets, and watch some awesome videos at BastilleBastille.com, check out the video below, and see Sophie (as we like her best) in the fifth season of Game of Thrones slated to air Fall 2015.

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