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Musician Sam Smith Strips Down 'Love Me More' in New Acoustic Version

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Accompanying music video was directed by Jordan Bahat of Golden LA

Musician Sam Smith Strips Down 'Love Me More' in New Acoustic Version

Sam Smith’s astounding vocal range is on full display in the acoustic release of their anthem of self-worth 'Love Me More'. A stripped-down version of the single originally released on April 28 through Capitol Records, the haunting beauty of the song gains new emotional impact through the depiction of a singer at their most vulnerable.

The accompanying music video directed by Jordan Bahat of Golden LA is compelling in its simplicity, allowing for Smith’s powerful vocal to take center stage. Shot at Capitol Records’ legendary Studio A, Bahat captures Smith belting a starkly real rendition of the track, with assist from their pianist, bassist and trio of backup singers.

Surrounded by the lore of Old Hollywood and legends that have recorded at Studio A, Bahat achieved a visual tone that matches in timelessness. Pieces of audio recording history even made it into the performance, including Frank Sinatra’s microphone and Nat King Cole’s piano.

Bahat is known for his effortlessly adaptable directorial style, which allows him to move seamlessly across genres. Having helmed everything from stop-motion miniatures to highly choreographed dance-driven visuals, Bahat’s polished yet organic approach for “Love Me More” (Acoustic) allows the emotional heft of the song to come through.

There is a gracefulness in the slow camera pans and shaded lighting that brings a different life to the song, while the subtle camera work by DP Miguel de Olaso is unobtrusive and perfectly effective, tastefully enhancing the in-studio scene.

“It was evident that the visuals needed to be reflective of the song, using minimal camera shots to simply capture the moment of camaraderie and emotion with Sam,” Bahat remarks. “I only met Sam on the day-of the shoot, and they were so generous and lovely. It was such an inspired day, about as pleasant as a filming experience could be.”

As an in-demand commercial and music video director, Jordan has created films for Gatorade, Samsung, Jeep, Powerade, and Equinox, amongst others - as well projects for Christine and the Queens, Allison Ponthier, Leon Else, Fun, Tokimonsta, and YungBlud.

Jordan’s work has been awarded by the MTV VMAS, UKVMAS, Vimeo staff picks, the Clios, D&ADs, Ciclope, Slamdance and NME Awards, and has been featured at the Super Bowl and film festivals around the world.

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Credits

Director: Jordan Bahat

Production Co: Golden + her Productions

Executive Producers Golden: Matthew Marquis, Geoff McLean, Nicole Taylor Franzen, Vivi Rojas

Executive Producers her: Nicole Taylor Franzen, Vivi Rojas

Line Producer: Erika Quimbayo

Commissioner: Colin Wyatt, Kevin Kloecker

Consulting Director: Luke Monaghan

DP: Miguel de Olaso // Macgregor

AD: Zach Wright

1st AC: Andrae Crawford

2nd AC/DIT: Mindy Trim

Gaffer: Vincent O'Carroll

ACLT: John Franco

Key Grip: Jason Younger

BBG: Mitch Elliott

Grip: Ryker Wells

Production Designer: Francisco Vargas

Set Dresser: Joshua Crawford

HMU: Sienree Du

Truck PA: Anton Sereda

Key PA: Marley Skye

Bass: Lexii Lynn Frazier

Piano: Misty Boyce

Vocalist: Aaron Encinas

Vocalist: Ayotunde Awosika

Vocalist: Christine Smit

Editor: Jordan Bahat

Online Editor: Job Van Helden

Colorist: Aubrey Woodiwiss

BTS: Madison Phipps

Capitol Records: Ira Grylack , Jonathan Chamberlain

Genres: Music performance

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

Raconteur, Tue, 24 May 2022 08:05:17 GMT