Singer and visual artist Natasha Khan, who was a featured artist in The Untitled Magazine’s Music Issue 6, has just released “Sunday Love,” a video off of her forthcoming Bat For Lashes album, The Bride, which she calls a “dark meditation on love, loss, grief, and celebration” in the vein of a “classic Blues story.” The video continues Khan’s sad tale of a would-be wife whose fiancé is killed on the way to their wedding. In the clip, Khan plays. Created by Khan and co-directed by John DeMenil, the clip for “Sunday Love” features Khan in the role “The Bride,” as she wanders the California desert on the hunt for her lost love.
Although Khan released SexWitch in 2015, The Bride will be her first album under her Bat For Lashes moniker since 2012’s The Haunted Man and will debut on July 1st. Perhaps signaling a trend in the future of music releases, “The Bride” is meant to be listened and viewed as a whole and is a concept album created with a movie soundtrack in mind, much like Beyonce’s recent release, Lemonade. The upcoming LP will even be accompanied by text that further explains the meaning behind the album. Khan’s latest progression makes sense considering the experimental singer’s recent forays into filmmaking. She recently wrote and directed the nuptially-themed, I Do, a short film that had its debut at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Of her latest way of working, Khan stated: “It felt much more like I had to tell a story, the need to communicate through the art form of a pop song wasn’t as strong.”
Khan spent 18 months creating The Bride during which she worked in London, Los Angeles, Brighton, and finally, Woodstock, New York. Of finalizing the album in a place formerly occupied by Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie, Khan remarked “The air is thick with really beautiful, poetic people’s work,” she says. “Driving around made me feel submerged in this very creative place that seeped into my bones and made me feel really different than how I felt anywhere else.” She will perform the album in its entirety this Wednesday, June 1st at Saint Ann’s church in Brooklyn and requests that audience members show up in wedding attire.
Read The Bride, chapter 1 below: