Florence + The Machine has released the official video for "Breath of Life," the lead single for the upcoming dark, fairy tale epic "Snow White And The Huntsman."
"Breath of Life" is one of Florence + The Machine's most cinematic tracks to date, with a large orchestral accompaniment, pounding drums, and chilling vocals. In the video, Machine frontwoman Florence Welch is seen recording the track with a 60-person choir in London's historic Abbey Road Studios, while scenes from the film intercut her black-and-white recording session.
"I was looking for a breath of life / A little touch of heavenly light / But all the choirs in my head say no," Welch sings on the chorus.
Welch was nearly driven to tears at the iconic studio, telling MTV, "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."
The ominous track was reportedly inspired by the film's character evil Queen Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron. "The Queen is just this incredible character; so hungry for life but so dead inside," said Welch. "She's sort of eternal, but inside there's nothing ... She has this thirst for youth and for life, but for what kind of life? This darkness, but she's so beautiful, so it's this kind of juxtaposition between beauty and, ultimately, death."
Expect the "Snow White and the Huntsman" soundtrack to hit shelves on May 29. The full track listing has not yet been released. The film comes out on June 1. Watch the video above and check out the Top 10 songs in the U.S. below.
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