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Sam Smith Strips Down “Love Me More” in New Acoustic Version
- Monday, May. 23, 2022
released with in-studio performance music video directed by Jordan Bahat
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.
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:AaronEncinas, Vocalist:Ayotunde Awosika, Vocalist: Christine Smit, Editor: Jordan Bahat, Online Editor: Job Van Helden, Colorist: Aubrey Woodiwiss, BTS: Madison Phipps
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