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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3rd September 2013 -

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Natasha Khan & Jon Hopkins - Garden's Heart

3rd September 2013 -

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1st September 2013 -

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18th April 2013 -

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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...

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17th April 2013 -

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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...

Dermot O'leary Presents The Saturday Sessions 2013

23rd January 2013 -

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Exclusive Dermot O'leary Saturday Sessions Featuring Emeli Sande, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Alt-J, The Maccabees, The Xx, Plan B, Ben Howard, Robbie Williams And More!Released 18 February 2013On 18 February 2013, Sony Music...

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

11th January 2013 -

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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...

US Album Releases, October 23, 2012: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Bat For Lashes and More

23rd October 2012 -

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Could Taylor Swift have what it takes to topple Mumford & Sons from the top of the US albums chart, with her new album Red? Of all of this week’s releases, Taylor looks the likely...

Bat For Lashes - Haunted Man Album Review

22nd October 2012 -

 Review

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A Week in Music featuring: Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Paloma Faith, Axewound, The Vaccines and much more!

16th October 2012 -

 Review

Albums of Note... That 'difficult second album' phase is probably even more difficult when - in between your first and second album - you have performed at the Royal wedding, had your songs splashed all...

Album Cover Controversy Confuses Bat For Lashes’ Natasha Kahn

12th October 2012 -

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Natasha Kahn, or Bat For Lashes as she is better known, appears completely nude on the cover of her new album, The Haunted Man, (with the obvious bits covered up of course), and whilst...

Bat For Lashes New Album The Haunted Man; Minimalist and Refined

12th October 2012 -

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Natasha Khan, better known as Bat For Lashes, has been rather quiet over the past few years, but her new album 'The Haunted Man'- her first record since 2009- will be released on October 23rd....

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

8th October 2012 -

 Review

Albums of Note… Copenhagen band Efterklang release Piramida, an album named after a Norwegian ghost town. Befitting of such a theme, the music itself falls somewhere between Brian Eno, Sigur Ros and The Blue Nile....

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

25th March 2009 -

 Review

Review of Bat For Lashes album 'Two Suns' released through The Echo Label.Bridging the gap between Mother Earth and Outer Space, Natasha Khan returns under her Bat For Lashes moniker with Two Suns, a vaguely...

Bat For Lashes, Whats A Girl To Do, Video

12th June 2007 -

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Bat For Lashes - What's a Girl To Do?

11th June 2007 -

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Bat For Lashes What's a Girl To Do?Single ReviewIt's hard not to compare the sound of Natasha Khan/Bat For Lashes to the equally chilling, thrilling and mysterious sound of Bjork both are so very similar....

Bat For Lashes, Prescilla, Video

27th February 2007 -

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Bat For Lashes - Trophy

9th November 2006 -

 Review

Bat For LashesTrophySingle ReviewOriginally the pseudonym of Natasha Khan, Bat For Lashes now consist also of Ginger Lee, Abi Fry and recent addition Lizzie Carey. Currently trekking around Europe, they will return to England...

Bat For Lashes, Fur and Gold, 6 Audio Streams

14th September 2006 -

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Bat For Lashes Fur and Gold 6 Audio Streams Fur and Gold is the debut album from Bat For Lashes, the nom de plume of singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Natasha Khan. Born in 1979,...

Bat For Lashes - Fur And Gold

31st July 2006 -

 Review

Bat For Lashes Fur And Gold Album ReviewWithout coming across as a male chauvinist, I think it would be fair to suggest that the majority of all-female outfits only generally exist within the confounds of...

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