Bastille: Pompeii

It’s been a while, but I feel like showcasing the not-so-obscure song Pompeii is a great segue to autumnal sounding music. Bastille is a London-based band led by their Ted Mosby-looking (from the hit TV series, How I Met Your Mother) frontman, Dan Smith.  Named after a celebratory day in France, the indie, sometimes alternative and maybe pop band released the hit song Pompeii earlier this year and was met with great feedback.  If you’re not familiar with the story of the City of Pompeii, and the tragedy of Mount Vesuvius, go Wikipedia it and then read the lyrics as you listen — I promise you’ll be enlightened.

In essence, this song is a poignant love song.  To make things more amazing, the video I’ve posted is acoustic and live in Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris (The Little Palace, Fine Arts Museum of Paris).  The building’s arches make for an amazing acoustic sound.

Now, the reason why I love this song is one part history and one part sound.  Dan Smith has an earthy voice, which seems to suit the sound they embody, and the whole band is incredibly talented.

The scene doesn’t need any writing.  Imagine Pompeii, imagine being in Pompeii and watching the sky turn from white to black.  Imagine being buried alive with all your fears, your dreams, your hopes, and if you were one of the so-called lucky ones, imagine being made immortal by nature.  Your story cased in ash, preserved in history. [/end scene]


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