Family Band, the collaboration between visual-artist-turned-singer Kim Krans and her husband, onetime heavy-metal guitarist Jonny Ollsin (Children, S.T.R.E.E.T.S.), have created a video for Grace & Lies’ “Night Song,”which premiered earlier today via NPR Music’s “First Watch.” The video is directed, drawn and performed by Kim, who is already well regarded for her artwork, illustrations, and beyond which she sells via The Wild Unknown.
In the “Night Song” video, Kim’s black and white drawings project over her face, creating a wild and strange cast of characters, narratives, and sentiments. The imagery flashes to the sampled beat, making a range of optical effects and afterimages. Kim describes the process of making the video, “I usually make extremely detailed and refined drawings, so making these sort of stupid, crude images was such a release for me. The narrative started to take a weird dark turn… and I just went with it.” The result is a creepy, funny, and entrancing video showcasing the mysterious and stoic vibe of “Night Song” and Family Band’s overall aesthetic sensibilities and talents.
Family Band is still in the process of planning this summer’s forest party to be held at their handbuilt Miller Path cabin, just outside of Delhi, New York. In the meantime, they’ve confirmed a record release show in New York for Wednesday, August 1st at Union Pool.
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“Recording with her guitarist husband Jonny Ollsin as Family Band, [Kim Krans has] crafted a beautifully unsettling ballad in ‘Night Song,’ but it’s almost difficult to imagine hearing it without the visuals she created for its video . . . Some of the drawings are sparkling or psychedelic; others are portentous, playful and even ridiculous. She’s essentially drawing graffiti on herself – in the name of art, sport, even comedy. The effect is a video that commands rapt attention and slow-motion study.” – NPR Music