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Bat for Lashes

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Brighton, United Kingdom (2006 – present)

Bat for Lashes is a pseudonym of London, UK, based singer-songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / visual artist Natasha Khan (b. 25 Oct 1979, in Hertfordshire, England). She débuted from Brighton, UK, with the The Wizard single (May 2006, She Bear / Drowned in Sound), then album Fur and Gold (Sept 2006, Echo) and her latest album is The Haunted Man (Oct 2012, Echo).

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.”

“The Wizard” was primarily released on 7-inch from Khan’s own She Bear label and subsequently Fur and Gold on Echo. In 2007, she was honoured with a ASCAP Vanguard Award and selected to open the prestigious ASCAP Presents… 2007, 14 Mar in Austin, TX, USA (an industry showcase, within SXSW 2007). Later, via a small Manimal Vinyl Fur and Gold pressing (May 2007), Bat for Lashes transferred to Parlophone. She appeared at Glastonbury 2007 (23 June).

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