Bastille: Pom­pei

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC -

Call me the chest-beat­ing, hair-rend­ing, ex­is­ten­tial angst-rid­den type, but news head­lines can bring me to tears. Tales of suf­fer­ing, past and present, creep up to my bed in shad­owy form at 2.30am and sit heav­ily be­side me.

Surely such tales haunt Bastille’s Dan Smith, as well. Eros and Thanatos, li­bido and mor­tido serve as the sonic flames and shad­ows in Pom­peii, the mov­ing song that has pro­pelled this ta­lented band to fame. In­deed, with its gor­geous, pri­mal cho­rus, Pom­peii could be an an­them for the re­gen­er­a­tive spirit of hu­mankind, al­beit an an­them sung amidst the rub­ble of our sins. In a mere three and a half min­utes, Pom­peii gives us much­needed, heart-pump­ing op­ti­mism. — Karen Zarker

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