‘Bat for Lashes’ are a Brighton based band consisting of British multi-instrumentalist, artist, singer, songwriter Natasha Khan born of an English mother and Pakistani father. The band first gained recognition in 2006 with their debut album entitled ‘Fur and Gold’ which caught the public’s attention with a sound which might be described as atmospheric, melodic, magical and individual sound. Prior to the release of her first record, the Brighton artist worked as a Nursery School teacher and she described being influenced by the children’s imagination while writing the album. Natasha Khan might also appear to work on the visual elements to her music which she wanted to be as striking as the sound she creates with her band. She often wears colourful costumes and glitter on her face which builds up an image and a character around her.Upon the release of her debut album, she was compared to the likes of artists Bjork or Kate Bush. Her debut album led her to two Mercury Prize nominations including best video for single entitled ‘What’s a girl to do?’ which sees the artist cycling down a long road and later joined by rabbits and other creatures riding their bicycles too and performing dancing moves. The video was directed by artist Dougal Wilson. Other songs from her first album include ‘Trophy’ or ‘The Wizard’.
In 2008, the band joined Radiohead on tour as a support act and returned with a new album entitled ‘Two Suns’ which was released in April 2009. Natasha Khan drew inspiration for this record from travelling in the Joshua Tree Desert in California.The album reached the number 5 in the UK charts and saw the artist performing various festivals including Glastonbury, itunes festival in London or even Coachella in America. The singer and her band embarked in 2010 on a South American tour supporting British band Coldplay. The singer, a now established UK artist saw the release of album number 3 ‘The Haunted man’ in 2012 including single ‘Laura’ or romantic ballad ‘Marylin’. The singer has contributed with other singers including Blur frontman Damon Albarn on his solo album ‘Everyday robots’ released in 2014 as well New York band Toy.
Video for the first single ‘In God’s house’ has been shared with the public and the album is set to be available for purchase on the 1st of July. The singer directed the video which shows a bride waiting for a lover at the church however, the latter has yet to turn up. On Friday night, the singer introduced her new material and her new band members to a limited audience at a show in The Garage in London borough of Islington. Tickets for the show were given to a 100 people through a competition which opened on Thursday morning last week. The show was described on the page as a rehearsal concert. The first half hour of the concert saw Natasha Khan performing her new material to the intimate audience and sharing her joy to be back after a 4 year pause. She then performed her most renowned songs including ‘Daniel’, ‘Glass’, ‘What’s a girl to do?’. Phones and cameras were unable to be used during the performance and this was part of the band’s wish to keep this concert as intimate as possible.
She aims at performing a series of church shows including one in London at the Union Chapel on May 16th and set is set to appear at various festivals this summer including Glastonbury in England. It was also announced yesterday the band was set to perform another intimate show at Rough Trade records in East London Bricklane on the day of the release of the album, individuals purchasing the album on this day may be given a wristband for the show.
Watch Bat for Lashes’ new video ‘In God’s House’ by clicking the link below:
What may be expected from Bat for Lashes record number 4?