As I watched the music video for Bat For Lashes’ new single “Laura” and listened to the song I couldn’t help but think of Darren Aronofsky’s beautiful film the “Black Swan”. Dancing is a central part of both the song and the film, and Laura reminds me of a broken character like Nina (the white swan in the film) who is looking for validation and has lost her sense of self worth. Like Nina, Laura is a tortured soul. She is depressed, lonely, famous, and men love her for her body, but it appears that she does not experience true intimacy. Laura feels like she’s been forgotten by her friends but the narrator is offering her words of comfort and love, “Laura, you’re more than a superstar”. Who is this narrator? Is she a good friend? A lover? Or maybe an admirer? We don’t know. Whoever she/he is, she/he is trying to get through to Laura, to save her, but the song leaves us with no clear answers or ending. Of course this is only my thought process and opinion. The beautiful thing about this rich song is that it can be interpreted in so many different ways.
Now let’s talk about the music. “Laura” is a piano driven song. Beautiful horns come in to the mix, adding power and emotion to the song. Everything is executed to perfection. Natasha Khan’s aka Bat For Lashes’ vocals are powerful and beautiful as always. You can feel the pain, heartache, and love of the characters in the song because of Khan’s emotive vocals. Her vocals, along with the lyrics create a vivid story that is hard to forget.
Bat For Lashes’ new record The Haunted Man is out 10/15/12.