Nothing wrong with an ambiguous video, ‘Bad Blood’ is certainly that. Directed by Olivier Groulx (the fellow behind Cold Specks’ ‘Blank Maps’ and ‘Holland’), Bastille have created a visual murder mystery (and one which you can join, via the band’s facebook) and an aural treat.

A young female antagonist, whose relationship with Bastille’s Dan Smith is unclear, is shown breaking into the frontman’s home. Haunted by a figure dressed in the jacket she was wearing, the girl behaves both strangely and stoically. In a juxtaposition of seduction and repulsion, the girl feasts on rotten food, using her finger to eat from the proverbial forbidden fruit.

The video opens with a shot of a calm sea. Throughout the eerie track the narrative returns to this, seemingly as the girl grows increasingly guilty. The final section shows the girl take a box from Smith’s house, burning evidence by the sea, as a flashback shows the girl watching Dan drown…

‘Bad Blood’ always promised to be a beautiful song, but the accompanying video is both richly enigmatic and superbly shot, building interest throughout. It’s more a short than a music video.

‘Bad Blood’ is out August 20th via Virgin Records.

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By Maddie Russell
Dance Yrself Clean

4 Responses to Video: Bastille – Bad Blood

  1. giulia says:

    are you sure the person in the video is a girl?? I thought was a boy… at least looks like a boy to me..

  2. Ratryoshka says:

    I kind of always wanted to know what the video meant cuz it got me confused the first time watching this video

    That rotting food part was disgusting btw, but I was trying to fit all the pieces of the storyline together and make some sense out of it. It looks like things going on in the music video are metaphors, displayed literally.

  3. Myrtale says:

    Does somebody know the name of the girl? I mean… not the name of the character, but of the actress?

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