Bat for Lashes releases a new video for song, “Kids in the Dark” which features Natasha Khan and Samuel Watkins who are lost in love and wander throughout Los Angeles. They are separated by an actual barrier fence which does not stop their want for one another. At one point, Khan is holding Watkins and we see her vampire fangs appear while her entourage of Lost Girls vamp behind her in a siren type fashion. She pulls herself away but not before you feel she may bite Watkins neck. The sultry sunset allures you in against the Los Angeles backdrop with the high rise buildings in the fade. Her voice captivates you into a sullen yet hopeful feeling.
The new video was set up by various tweets these past few weeks with a series of short videos about a missing girl. The videos feature Michael and Nikki in various spots of Downtown Los Angeles all leading to a missing girl and her whereabouts. In one video, Michael looks into the camera and shares, “It’s been about a half an hour now and I have no idea where she is. I’ve been walking around for a while. I mean I don’t really know what to do so… She’s nowhere.” The second video features both Michael and Nikki in the car heading toward the 101 freeway in Los Angeles where they share they’re making a little film and cross their fingers and whisper “Fingers Crossed” — which is also the caption for this tweet. In another video, it is sundown with a woman standing near a streetlight and yet another teaser where Michael is posting a missing girl flyer into a post on the street.
Later it is revealed this is Samuel Watkins and Nikki aka Natasha Khan who are featured in the new video, “Kids in the Dark” where both are enamored and lost in love with each other. Khan has been nominated for several awards and has released the following albums, Fur and Gold (2006), Two Suns (2009), The Haunted Man (2012), The Bride (2016) and Lost Girls which is set to release on September 6, 2019.
On September 6, Bat for Lashes will release her fifth studio album Lost Girls via AWAL Recordings. The album will feature 10 tracks, and Khan describes the new release where she fantasizes her own “parallel universe.” It is about the journey of self-love and self-discovery, as well as encouraging the powerful female spirit.
When Khan was young, she attended many of her father’s and her uncle Jahangir’s squash matches, which she felt inspired her creativity: “The roar of the crowd is intense; it is ceremonial, ritualistic, I feel like the banner got passed to me but I carried it on in a creative way. It is a similar thing, the need to thrive on heightened communal experience.” After her father left the family when Khan was 11, she taught herself to play the piano, which became “a channel to express things, to get them out”.