Ned Botwood - 10th July 2019

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.

Credits

DirectorNatasha Khan
ProducerMargo Mars
Production CompanyLief
Director of PhotographyGilles O'kane
WardrobeDevin Winter
HairAlexandra French
Make-upAlex Perrone
EditorNoel Paul
ColouristBossi Baker
LabelAwal Recordings
Line ProducerRoberto Rodriguez
Other creditsDir. 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

Ned Botwood - 10th July 2019

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