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Bat For Lashes Biography

Bat For Lashes is the work of British singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Natasha Khan. Born in 1979, yet combining influences that span decades, Natasha's work dwells in the elemental, emerging in timeless forms.

Bat For Lashes' music is bold and vivid. Her live shows, with accomplices Ginger Lee, Abi Fry and Lizzy Carey, are made up of thunderous marching band drums, desert guitar, ballet school piano, harpsichord, sub-bass snarls, hand-claps and naive beats, with the women fluidly switching and swapping their instruments between songs. There are also interludes of exquisite heartbreak; the piano ballad 'Sad Eyes' has on more than one occasion left audience members in tears. Her debut album Fur and Gold is a very special record, a cohesive collection of songs so haunting and mesmerizing it makes a striking impression on all who hear it.

It was whilst working as a nursery school teacher, following her university degree in film and music, that Fur and Gold album opener 'Horse & I' came to Natasha in a dream. Inspired by tales of Joan of Arc, Natasha is woken by a black horse at the window and sent on a fateful quest. This extraordinary dream became the muse for the songs that now comprise Fur and Gold.

Recorded in London and Brighton, Natasha co-produced the album with David Kosten (Faultline). Recurrent themes of natural forces and animal kingdoms, rugged English cliff tops and engulfing oceans - highlighted on the lament 'Seal Jubilee', are juxtaposed by the energy of rough urban living, teenage bedrooms and the freedom of California highways. Josh T Pearson (Lift To Experience) guests, adding guitar and vocals on three tracks - the brooding live favorite 'Trophy', 'Seal Jubilee' and the finale 'I Saw A Light', adding the kind of hymns and chaos that only the son of a preacher could provide.

Bat For Lashes played her first big show in London supporting CocoRosie at the Scala at the end of 2005. A year later almost to the day, Bat For Lashes headlined a sold out Scala, where the likes of Bjork, Nellee Hooper and Brett Anderson were to be seen in the sold out crowd. Other fans include Devendra Banhart, Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke (who chose 'Horse & I' for his iTunes Top Ten Playlist, saying "I love the harpsichord and the sexual ghost voices and bowed saws. This song seems to come from the world of Grimm's fairytales, and I feel like a wolf.")

Having spent parts of her childhood in Pakistan, Natasha Khan now lives by the sea in England.

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Bat For Lashes Picture Gallery

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The Latest Bat For Lashes News

'how I Live Now': Natasha Khan Movie Soundtrack 'garden Heart' Released [video]

3rd September 2013

Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan and music producer Jon Hopkins have joined their creative forces to bring the official soundtrack...

Natasha Khan Flashes Bum During La Gig

1st September 2013

Natasha Khan accidently flashed her bum to the audience at her Los Angeles show. The 33-year-old singer - known by...

Natasha Khan: 'music Industry Is Over-run With Drugs And Alcohol'

13th August 2013

Bat For Lashes star Natasha Khan fears the music industry has been over-run with drugs and alcohol amid a culture...

Natasha Khan Called Thom Yorke For Advice Amid Meltdown Fears

12th August 2013

Bat For Lashes star Natasha Khan called Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke when her hectic work schedule and mounting personal problems...

Natasha Khan Flashed Underpants During Gig

31st July 2013

Bat For Lashes star Natasha Khan was left red-faced during a concert in Los Angeles when she accidentally showed the...

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Bat For Lashes Reviews

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23rd October 2012

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Bat For Lashes - Haunted Man Album Review Album Review

22nd October 2012

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16th October 2012

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A Week In Music Featuring: Nas, Bat For Lashes, Efterklang, Gaggle, The Weeknd and Much More! Feature

8th October 2012

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Bat For Lashes - Two Suns Album Review

25th March 2009

Review of Bat For Lashes album 'Two Suns' released through The Echo Label.Bridging the gap...

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Bat For Lashes Festivals

Open'er Festival

2nd July 2014

Way Out West

7th August 2014

Sonar

12th June 2014

Lollapalooza

1st August 2014

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