Friday, March 13, 2009

Bat For Lashes - Daniel, The Video

My infatuation with UK diva Bat For Lashes continues unabated with the unveiling of her latest video. In an earlier post, I declared "Daniel" the best song I've heard thus far in 2009. It's dark, intense beauty still has me completely mesmerised. I was hoping for an equally brilliant film clip and Natasha (her real name) has well and truly delivered. In an age where music videos are a dying art form (check out Britney's latest stinking turd over at Chart Rigger as exhibit A), "Daniel" bucks the trend with its disconcerting imagery and fairytale theme.

The premise couldn't be more simple (or cost effective). Basically, it's a modern day re-enactment of Little Red Riding Hood. Only instead of a big, bad wolf, Natasha is menaced by a group of black balloon wearing dancers! It sounds ridiculous but the costumes freak me out and the overall effect is startling. I particularly love, and am also slightly terrified by, the scene where the balloon men ride on the top of Natasha's car. It's beautiful and disturbing in equal measure. Most importantly, the clip perfectly fits the music. At first I thought the scary elements took away from the song's dreaminess but the more I think about it, "Daniel" is the musical equivalent of a fairytale - sinister and menacing, yet magical and ultimately uplifting. By the way, am I the only one who sees parallels with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video? The premise more so than the execution. Whatever the director's inspiration, the final result is undeniably spectacular.

4 comments:

Paul said...

immense. i have fallen in love with the song and the clip thanks to you (and i think XO too). Anyway a lovely write up for an elegant song and a haunting video. Aces.

Anonymous said...

Aww.. c'mon, Britney's latest video is total trash (in the good way). Thrusting groins, group masturbation, lol'ing around on a kitchen counter in an over-sized stringy wig with too much makeup? Hilarious! Of course the end is total b.s... Are you familiar with the Pauline Henry classic "Feel Like Making Love" ? Now that's a video of epic proportions! If anyone ever asks you to cook, tell them you're liable to "pull a Pauline" and they won't let you within 5 feet of the kitchen.

Anonymous said...

this is stunning, thanks for posting it as I wasn't aware the video was complete, the end reminds me of Bjork's Army Of Me when she runs to the arms of a guy...Bat For Lashes first album still brings out more sounds I didn't hear the first time around, it's an album that keeps on giving and i cannot wait for this newie!

bubu said...

i LOVE her first album, this one is less acessible, except for the single of course, but great anyway. did you check the video for the previous single "What's a Girl To Do" ?(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1wnOUH2jk8). even cheaper but I prefer it.