British alt-rockers Bastille went with an intimate approach in their video for “Oblivion,” a sweeping ballad from their recently-released album Bad Blood.
Shot in black and white, inside one of the studios at the historic Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, the new clip finds singer Dan Smith crooning into a microphone formerly used by Frank Sinatra and playing Nat King Cole’s old piano, while backed by a string section.
“Because we made our album in our friend’s tiny little studio in London we haven’t had much exposure to recording studios, so it was amazing to even get to spend time at Capitol Studios,” Smith tells Rolling Stone. “I’m completely obsessed with strings in music, from the Beatles‘ arrangements through to all the film scores that I love, so to be able to play live with such an awesome strings section was unforgettable for us. We listened to them rehearsing from the control room in awe and felt almost guilty about having to join all these proper musicians and ruin what they were doing. It was a pretty surreal evening.”
Bad Blood, which came out in September, is available now.