The artist and musician Kayla Guthrie is releasing Falling Star, a three-song EP of dream-pop songs available via the record label Wild Flesh Productions. Today, Guthrie is sharing a video for the song “But I Am,” created with director of photography Alice Plati.
A collaboration with the dancers Alexandra Bittner and Anna Vomacka, the video uses a lot of intentional darkness and minimal club-informed lighting to craft an otherworldly atmosphere. Guthrie–who has a history performing at New York galleries including Greene Naftali and Off Vendome, and wrote a “Consumer Reports” for ARTnews in 2016–said Plati found a shooting location that featured black painted walls, ceilings, and floors, with a cumulative effect creating a “massive sense of depth to the shadows and made the smallest amount of light sparkle.” The video’s use of darkness, Guthrie noted, “is very potent and lush–it’s not empty, and you see layers of very dark blue shadows on the limbs of the dancers moving in and out of view
All of this created an appropriate environment for a haunting song that “is about finding your way through distorted perceptions,” Guthrie said, adding that it “conveys that shimmering place below the surface which is a world unto itself. I wanted to convey being haunted by something just beyond your conscious mind, having a lurking sense that you can’t quite articulate yet, the fear of the unknown and the transformative moment when something new emerges into view.”
Watch the video below.