Bat For Lashes

Biography


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 tape loop / 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).  In July 2007, Fur and Gold, Joe’s Pub, NYC, on 1 May 2007 recordings and a Plaid remix, yielded EP What’s A Girl To Do? (7 Jul 2007, EMI). Then on the 17th, the album’s 2007 Mercury Prize nomination was announced - despite being a UK media favourite to win, it lost to Klaxons’ Myths of the Near Future. 25 Jul 2007, at Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY was the fist gig of a three month North American tour, interrupted only by European festival appearances.  In 2008, Bat for Lashes was nominated for Brit Awards (‘Best British Breakthrough Act’ and ‘Best British Female’), her distinctive What’s a Girl to Do? video brought her to prominence and, starting with Malahide Castle, Dublin, IE, on 6 Jun 2008, she toured with Radiohead for a month, opening more than a dozen European shows. Perfect As Cats: A Tribute to The Cure (Oct 2008, Manimal Vinyl), included her 1980 The Cure cover A Forest.  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.  Bat for Lashes live backing, as March 2009 (changes per-tour), included: Ben Christophers, Charlotte Hatherley and Sarah Jones (drums - of New Young Pony Club).  Her album Two Suns has been compared to the work of Stevie Nicks, Dolores O’Riordan and Fleetwood Mac.  Bat for Lashes released her second album Two Suns in April 2009, with the song “Daniel” released as the first single in March. On 23 February, Khan revealed in an interview on radio station XFM that the cover for the single had been shot on Brighton beach, near her home. She also designed a limited edition cover for Fact Magazine which coincided with an interview she did for them.  In April 2009 she appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. She performed an acoustic version of the single, “Daniel,” and also covered “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon.  Her first appearance on US broadcast television was 1 May 2009 on The Late Show with David Letterman, performing the song “Daniel”.  On May 15, 2009 she appeared on NPR (World Cafe) where she performed “Daniel”, “Moon and Moon (piano only) and Prescilla”.  On June 13, 2012 she announced the title of her upcoming third studio album “The Haunted Man” it is set to be released this October.


Source: last.fm


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