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'How I Live Now': Natasha Khan Movie Soundtrack 'Garden Heart' Released [Video]


Bat For Lashes Saoirse Ronan Jon Hopkins George MacKay Kevin Macdonald

Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan and music producer Jon Hopkins have joined their creative forces to bring the official soundtrack song for upcoming war thriller, How I Live Now. Jon Hopkins had been working on the Kevin Macdonald-directed film's soundtrack when he decided to invite the exquisite vocals of Khan.

With an opening akin to The Stone Roses' 'I Wanna Be Adored,' the track is built around a softly thrumming bassline; a beating heart-style rhythm that keeps pace whilst Khan's ever-ethereal, mournful vocals sing of being "far away" from someone.

Natasha Khan

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Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins - Garden's Heart Video


Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes) and music producer Jon Hopkins have collaborated on 'Garden's Heart'; a new song set to feature on the soundtrack to Saoirse Ronan's gripping new drama film 'How I Live Now'.

The video for the track begins with a clip from the movie, where Saoirse's character Daisy gets split up from her boyfriend by soldiers during the onslaught of the Third World War. She is then seen running a bath and tending to her cuts and bruises miserably, while appearing to visualise plants and lily pads in the tub, taking her back to her favourite countryside spot where she and her lover would talk and go skinny dipping. The song has a slow and steady rhythm, almost like beating heart, and Natasha's vocals are as charming and evocative as ever with the power to reduce any listener to tears even without the depressing subject matter of the movie.

Jon Hopkins had been working on the rest of the film score when he decided to enlist the talents of Natasha - a decision that was enthusiastically backed by director Kevin Macdonald. Bat For Lashes released her third album last year entitled 'The Haunted Man' and is currently on her US headline tour supporting it.

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Blur play IMMA

Natasha Khan and Bat For Lashes - Blur play IMMA concert at Royal Hospital Kilmainham supported by Bat For Lashes and The Strypes - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 1st August 2013

Natasha Khan and Bat For Lashes
Natasha Khan and Bat For Lashes
Natasha Khan and Bat For Lashes

Bat For Lashes Performing

Natasha Khan - Lead singer Natasha Khan of 'Bat For Lashes' performing at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 1st August 2013

Bat For Lashes and Natasha Khan
Bat For Lashes and Natasha Khan
Bat For Lashes and Natasha Khan
Bat For Lashes and Natasha Khan
Bat For Lashes and Natasha Khan

'The Wolverine' U.K. film premiere

Natasha Khan - 'The Wolverine' U.K. film premiere held at the Empire Leicester Aquare - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 16th July 2013

Wolverine and Rila Fukushima
Wolverine and Rila Fukushima
Wolverine and Rila Fukushima
Wolverine and Rila Fukushima
Wolverine and Rila Fukushima

The Ivor Novello Awards at the Grosvenor Hotel - Departures

Bat For Lashes - The Ivor Novello Awards at the Grosvenor Hotel - Departures - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 16th May 2013

The Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor House

Natasha Khan and Bat For Lashes - The Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 16th May 2013

Natasha Khan and Bat for Lashes
Natasha Khan and Ivor Novello
Natasha Khan and Ivor Novello
Natasha Khan and Ivor Novello
Natasha Khan and Ivor Novello

Emeli Sande To Add An Ivor Novello To Her BRIT Collection?


Emeli Sande Bat For Lashes Jake Bugg Olly Murs Coldplay Plan B Alt-J

Emeli Sande may be adding to her growing list of accolades as she is newly nominated for two different awards at the 58th Ivor Novello awards.

Her UK number 2 hit 'Next To Me' is nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically as well as the Most Performed Work award. Competing in the former category is 'Laura' by Bat For Lashes and 'Two Fingers' by Jake Bugg while the latter category also sees nominations from Olly Murs' 'Dance With Me Tonight' and Coldplay's Paradise. Sande has previously received two Urban Music Awards, three BRIT, three MOBO awards and an ECHO Music Award among several others and she's definitely up for a chance in the Ivor Novellos as her nominated track was apparently the third most listened to track of 2012 - a pretty impressive achievement in itself, though not as impressive as the reception her number one debut album 'Our Version of Events' received!

Other artists nominated in two separate categories are Plan B with 'Ill Manors', which is up for Best Contemporary Song and Best Original Film Score, and Alt-J with 'Fitzpleasure' for Best Contemporary Song and 'An Awesome Wave' for Best Album. The awards ceremony will make its way to the Grosvenor House hotel in London later this Spring on May 16th 2013.

Will Alt J Add An Ivor Novello Award To Their Mercury Gong?


Alt-J Emeli Sande Bat For Lashes Jake Bugg Plan B The Maccabees Olly Murs Coldplay Ben Howard Lianne La Havas

Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J could well be adding an Ivor Novello award to their collection of gongs, NME announced today (April 17, 2013). The band have been nominated in the Best Contemporary Song category for their song Fitzpleasure, alongside Plan B’s Ill Manors and The Maccabees Pelican. Alt J won last year’s Mercury Music Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave. The album has also been nominated in the Album Award category, alongside Beon Howard’s Every Kingdom and Lianne La Havas’ Is Your Love Big Enough?

The awards ceremony celebrates songwriting ability and the remainder of the categories are Best Song Musically and Lyrically, Best Contemporary Song, PRS for Music Most Performed Work, Best Original Film Score and Best Television Soundtrack.

The full list of nominees is below. The 58th annual Ivor Novello awards will take place on May 16th, 2013 at London’s Grosvenor House.

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BRIT Awards 2013 Nominees Announced: Diverse? Or Just Weird?


Amy Winehouse Emeli Sande Bat For Lashes Paloma Faith Jessie Ware The XX Alt-J Mumford And Sons Muse One Direction Tom Odell AlunaGeorge Michael Buble Laura Mvula Rihanna Cat Power Alicia Keys Lana Del Rey Adele Brit Awards

This year’s Brit Awards nominations look as though they were concocted by a group of strangers, with wildly different cultural backgrounds, on a drunken night out. Is this a sign that the mainstream music world is finally starting to accept that it’s becoming more and more acceptable to have diverse musical tastes? Or are the organisers of the BRITS simply trying to spark controversy? have they lost the plot? Or is this an honest reflection of the mindset of a 2013 British music buying public? Let’s take a look at the evidence, and scrutinise some of the more baffling categories…

British Female Solo Artist Nominees – One of the more sensitive and contentious issues, here, in the British female solo artist category. Of the five nominees, only four of them were alive this year. We understand that Amy Winehouse has a lasting legacy in British pop music. We understand that she was – and, in many ways remains - a tour de force. But, for the sake of the awards, we simply have to ask, at the risk of sounding flippant, what has Amy Winehouse done for British music in the last 12 months? Sadly, nothing. Her posthumous album (released in December 2011, we should add), Lioness: Hidden Treasures was politely and quietly denounced for being little more than cuttings from the studio floor. We simply can’t get our heads around her inclusion on this list. With Bat For Lashes throw in as the ‘alternative’ wild card, to lend a touch of outsider cool to the category, it’s between Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith and Jessie Ware to catch this one, we reckon. 

Watch Jessie Ware's video for 'Sweet Talk'

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Bat For Lashes

Date of birth

25th October, 1979

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female