The second self-directed video for Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes new album, charts Khan’s character Nikki Pink's rise to her role as the head priestess of the Lost Girls, spreading magic and …
Bat For Lashes 'Kids In The Dark' by Natasha Khan
Natasha Kahn (Bat for Lashes) makes a welcome return, directing and starring in a strange and tender vignette set in the eerie light of the Los Angeles hills. The multi-instrumentalist continues her love affair with the American city in this cosmic love story about a girl and boy from different universes.
We were first introduced to Kahn in Dougal Wilson’s now legendary video for What’s a Girl to Do: a lonely woman cycling down a desolate highway, deep in the Witching Hour. Over the next 15 years, the singer has developed a distinct visual oeuvre, comparable even to the great Kate Bush, her stage name becoming shorthand for a specific kind of mesmerising high concept video, in which the singer adopted different guises and identities. Like Bush, Kahn has graduated to directing her own videos - including a fascinating video cycle for her concept album The Bride (2016).
Kids in the Dark is the first cut from her new album, a larger concept built around a new character called Nikki Pink - played by Natasha Khan. The character went missing, and has now re-emerged in the nocturnal, feminine world of the “Lost Girls” - a marauding gang of bikers. The video has been trailed by various clues about Nikki’s whereabouts, including cryptic images and Kahn’s very own phone line (#batphoners).
The ghostly photography by Gilles O'Kane immediately conjures up images from cult classics Mulholland Drive and Betty Blue. It was edited by long-time collaborator Noel Paul.
|Director of Photography||Gilles O'kane|
|Line Producer||Roberto Rodriguez|
|Other credits||Dir. Creative Asst & Casting: Avery Wheless Titles : Fraser Muggeridge Studio Nikki Pink: Natasha Khan Michael: Samuel Watkins Lost Girls : Avery Wheless, Bella Gadsby, Eleanor Epstein, Isa Mercado, Anna Aguirre, Evangeline Neuhart, Dominique N Godinez|
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