When [artist id="3081382"]Florence Welch[/artist] spoke to MTV News back in March about recording “Breath of Life” — her single off the “Snow White and the Huntsman” soundtrack — she couldn’t hide her excitement about writing an anthem from the perspective of Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen Ravenna … or getting to spend the day working with a 60-person choir in London’s historic Abbey Road Studios.
“It was amazing to see the music we played being turned into this amazing orchestral thing,” the Florence and the Machine frontwoman gushed. “You feel in a bit of a way like you’re kind of making it up as you go along, and then when you see it done, laid out before you in such a beautiful, orchestral fashion, it’s really incredible.
“And then we all went into Abbey Road and it was one of the best days of my life,” she continued. “I love choirs and I love choral music, and there was a 60-piece choir singing the vocal parts that I had written. When the baritones came in, I nearly wept, it was so emotional.”
So it’s somewhat fitting that the video for “Breath of Life,” which premiered Monday (May 14), documents that day in the studio (there’s no weeping, however). Shot in arty black-and-white, and implemented with bonus battle footage from the film itself (plus plenty of scenes of Queen Ravenna’s quest for youth), the clip showcases Welch belting out the tune, backed by a booming orchestra and a keening chorus. And much like the song, it packs a punch.
You can practically feel Welch’s emotion as she brings “Breath” to life, and for a song so massive, the video provides viewers with a rather intimate look into its creation. Combine that with the fact that the clip — and the song — perfectly match the film’s epic, ethereal scope, and the anticipation to see the final product only grows. The “Avengers” can assemble all they want … with “Breath of Life,” Welch and “Snow White” pack more power than anything in Iron Man’s arsenal.
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