Critically-acclaimed singer/storyteller Samantha Crain has released the stupendous video to her latest single, “Never Going Back.”
The Shawnee resident joined forces with fellow Oklahomans of the innovative filmmaking team LAMAR+NIK for the video. “Never Going Back” is the lead-off track from Crain’s upcoming album “Kid Face,” due out Feb. 19 (Ramseur Records/RED).
LAMAR+NIK are much-buzzed-about for their DIY and imaginative videos (Lushlife’s “Magnolia,” “Reds” for the band Houses), and “Never Going Back” is no exception. Crain was first filmed against a white backdrop, performing the song start to finish. L+N then edited the video, had each and every one of the 3800-plus frames printed out, and then painstakingly hand-cut every photo. The photos were then precisely placed in a series of rows, and filmed in one single, continuous take, according to a news release.
“In essence, the video is basically a 3D version of a film strip laid out on the ground,” said L+N in the release. “In a way, it reflects Samantha’s classical charm. We felt that taking a simple concept and making it great would be the best way to accentuate the music. Although the task was laborious, we’re pretty pleased with the end result.”
Check out production stills from the shoot below.
“Kid Face,” Crain’s third full-length album, is billed as a revelatory song cycle as expansive as the wide-open spaces of the 26-year-old artist’s native Oklahoma and as intimate as a conspiratorial whisper. A gifted, narrative storyteller, Crain has an uncanny ability to unite the sounds of confidence and desperation. Her folk tradition is rooted in Radiohead as much as Bob Dylan or Woody Guthrie, and the songs on
“Kid Face” weave together stories of blue-collar hopes and dreams, love and loneliness. Her previous releases have received praise from national outlets like Rolling Stone, SPIN, New York Times and NPR as well as yours truly.
Earlier this week, Crain kicked off her national tour is support of the album. The tour will include a Feb. 15 stop at Tulsa’s Fassler Hall and a Feb. 16 show at Oklahoma City’s Blue Door.