Video director Nicole Brending created an incredibly dark-humored video for adopted Minnesotan singer-songwriter Haley Bonar’s new song “Kismet Kill.” It starts out with happy young people doing shots at a prom party, with Haley wearing a party tiara and prom dress, both of which are eerily similar to Courtney Love’s beauty queen outfit in Hole’s “Miss World” video. Everything quickly unravels from there into self-destruction, disease, really bad parenting, and old age.
The song gives a sneak peek into her forthcoming album, Impossible Dream, due out August 5th on Memphis Industries. The analog-recorded follow-up to her acclaimed 2014 album Last War was produced by Bonar and Jacob Hansen at Pachyderm Recording Studio in beautifully remote Cannon Falls, Minnesota.
“What captured me thematically about Kismet Kill is the tension between growing up too fast while also never growing up at all,” says director Nicole Brending. “Haley’s voice has a dreamlike quality, so when I was listening to the song, the story of this woman started to materialize in my head, in surreal, Alice-In-Wonderland-type imagery as she chases a memory and her life gets in the way. Haley and I are both David Lynch and John Waters fans, and she gave me permission to “get a little weird,” so I tried to honor that sensibility with a tone that’s both humorous and dark and imagery that’s visually distinct.”
This autumn Bonar will join labelmates Field Music on two of her six UK dates:
21 October – Brighton, Green Door Store
22 October – Gateshead, The Sage (with Field Music)
23 October – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
24 October – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
27 October – London, Moth Club
28 October – Bristol, The Louisiana
29 October – Manchester, The Ritz (with Field Music)