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Bat for Lashes

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Brighton, United Kingdom (2006 – present)

Bat for Lashes is a pseudonym of Brighton, UK, based singer-songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / visual artist Natasha Khan (b. 25 Oct 1979, in Hertfordshire, England). She made her début with single The Wizard (May 2006, She Bear/Drowned in Sound), following with albums Fur and Gold (Sept 2006, Echo), Two Suns (Apr 2009, Echo/Parlophone), and her latest album is The Haunted Man (Oct 2012, Echo/Parlophone).

Khan graduated Brighton University, in music and visual arts, where her experimental multi-media / installation / animation / performance art’s influences spanned / effects pioneer Steve Reich and installation / performance artist Susan Hiller. Afterwards, when working as a nursery school teacher, she began writing for her début. “Whenever I’m writing music it’s a very visual place in my mind,” she said, “It has a location full of characters and colours and landscapes, so those two things really complement each other, and they help the other one to blossom and support the other. They are like brother and sister.” Bat for Lashes music has been likened to that of Björk (who herself attended Khan’s early gigs), PJ Harvey, Annie Lennox, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple.

“The Wizard” was primarily released on 7-inch from Khan’s own She Bear label and subsequently Fur and Gold on Echo.

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  • Tahula

    What's wrong with the The Haunted Man cover art? It's a beautiful photo. [2]

    5 hours ago Reply
  • multimoulinette

    What's wrong with the The Haunted Man cover art? It's a beautiful photo shot by one of my favourite photographers, the talented Ryan McGinley. ;) Anyway I can't wait for the new album. It's been 3 years...

    28 Jul 8:25pm Reply
  • XDRory

    @Mr_Deh I know she's written a short film, but I can't find anything on her fourth album other than Natasha saying it will arrive in "its own good time".

    26 Jul 10:35am Reply
  • Mr_Deh

    I can't wait for her new album (IT'S HAPPENING!)

    18 Jul 5:51pm Reply
  • XDRory

    v Nice to see she's a fan of Sufjan Stevens

    8 Jul 10:26pm Reply
  • Tahula

    She's kinda back, posting frequently on her Instagram page. http://instagram.com/batforlashes

    6 Jul 12:29am Reply
  • depechedream

    I can't wait for her new album (if it's happening). [2]

    5 Jul 7:15am Reply
  • MarkoB87

    A dream-like quality to the music she makes...Love the song she did with Beck.

    3 Jul 6:21pm Reply
  • kineticwaves

    I can't wait for her new album (if it's happening).

    28 Jun 9:51pm Reply
  • bloodywiill

    New album please, asap

    28 Jun 3:48am Reply
  • jaTaa

    https://soundcloud.com/realworldrecords/john-metcalfe-just-let-go-1

    19 Jun 8:44am Reply
  • XDRory

    v Um it's taken 3 years between each album she's made so far, and that's never happened before. It's been 3 years since her last. So maybe you guys should shut up.

    12 Jun 8:08pm Reply
  • hew615

    Everyone shut up! She takes her time to make masterpieces, they are not quite easy to make. or do you want her to become plastic and over-produced? [2]

    11 Jun 1:34am Reply
  • Urthiel

    wow

    6 Jun 6:46am Reply
  • Tahula

    I want new sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooongs

    10 May 12:18am Reply
  • madboy

    Plan the Escape <3

    7 May 11:07pm Reply
  • d0l

    agreed, though it doesn't change the quality of the content

    7 May 3:50pm Reply
  • Sturmlied

    The photograph for the Haunted Man LP is one of the most horrible covers i have ever seen.

    7 May 1:23pm Reply
  • NachoWTF

    I'm dying for new material. My life feels so empty without BFL.

    4 May 3:22am Reply
  • XDRory

    Come back, it's been 3 years!

    28 Apr 9:39pm Reply
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