David Knight - 24th May 2018

Bastille reunite with Austin Peters for the lead-off track from their next album, and a beautifully made video featuring frontman Dan Smith on a breakneck surreal adventure through Paris and his imagination. And it begins with him shaving off his trademark big hair.

Once Smith gets his smart new crew-cut, he finds himself instantaneously transported into a different scene, and then another. From club dancefloor to ice bath in grubby bathroom, Satanic ceremony to hanging with feisty and righteous trans people, to his constant confusion.

It's a simple, strong idea served by a great production, and excellent direction by Peters - it's his fourth video for Bastille, following Flaws, Laura Palmer and Oblivion. And the video also features standout work by DoP Kristof Brandl and editor James Rose.  

“We made the video over a couple of days and nights in Paris with our incredibly talented friend, and long-time collaborator, Austin Peters,” Smith has said in a statement. 

“It’s a nod towards some of our favourite films and directors. Like the album as a whole, it’s a surreal journey through euphoric highs and lows of a night, and all that comes with it: the escapism, warped realities, and unclear memories.” More at NME.com.

PRO Credits


DirectorAustin Peters
ProducerFrancois Larpin
Production CompanyForever
Executive ProducerSasha Nixon
Production ServicesAnniki
Production ManagerMarylou Lapierre
Production ManagerAma Labarthe
1st ADDidier Mallet
Director of PhotographyKristof Brandl
Focus PullerJohan Leclaire Bottarelli
SteadicamLoïc Andrieu
DITJérôme Tanguy
GafferNicolas Cadot
Art DirectorLucie Libotte
WardrobeAnna Tarissan
Make-upCéline Llerena
Make-upFrancis Jaillans
Casting directorEmma Skowronek
EditorJames Rose
Editing companyCut+Run
ColouristMikey Rossiter
Grading companyThe Mill
Director's RepresentationForever
CommissionerJames Hackett
LabelVirgin EMI
Other creditsSpark: Kevin Fermaud, Jean Riou, Alexei Nikichine, Ludovic Maudet Key Grip: Cyril Kunholtz Grip: Franck Chron Location Manager: Nicolas Plouhinec Sound Design: Heard City

David Knight - 24th May 2018

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