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Bat For Lashes

Crafting a mystical indie-rock sound that drew comparisons to Kate Bush and Björk, Bat for Lashes is the project of Natasha Khan. Born into the Khan family of squash players -- which included her father Rahmat and her grandfather Nasrullah -- the half-Pakistani, half-English singer/songwriter moved to Hertfordshire, England when she was five and taught herself to play piano when she was 11. She conceived of Bat for Lashes while on a trip to San Francisco, drawing on inspirations like Steve Reich and Susan Hiller, as well as the multimedia installations she learned to create while studying art at the University of Brighton. She continued to work on her music as she studied childcare and taught at a nursery school, ultimately releasing Bat for Lashes' debut single "The Wizard" early in 2006. Her acclaimed debut album, Fur and Gold, arrived that September and was shortlisted for the 2007 Mercury Prize; the following year, she earned nominations for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards.

While writing songs for her second album, Khan traveled to the Joshua Tree and lived in Brooklyn, finding inspiration in local bands like Gang Gang Dance and TV on the Radio. Two Suns, an ambitious concept album revolving around Khan's hedonistic alter-ego Pearl, arrived in 2009 and featured collaborations with Yeasayer and Scott Walker. Like Fur and Gold, the album was nominated for the Mercury Prize; Khan received another British Female Solo Artist Brit Award nomination, and the album's lead single "Daniel" won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song. Bat for Lashes' third album, 2012's introspective, restrained The Haunted Man, became Khan's second Top 10 album in the U.K., and earned her a Best British Female Brit Award nomination; the single "Laura" was nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the Ivor Novello Awards.

Khan spent the next few years collaborating with other musicians, most notably producer Dan Carey and the band TOY on 2013's "The Bride," a cover of a pre-revolution Iranian folk song that Carey released via his Speedy Wunderground label. The project expanded into Sexwitch, whose self-titled 2015 album featured covers of psych-folk songs hailing from Morocco, Thailand, Iran, and the United States. Khan also worked with Carey on Bat for Lashes' fourth album The Bride, a concept album about a woman whose fiancé has been killed in a crash on the way to their wedding. The album's lead single, "I Do," arrived in February 2016; Khan also directed a short film by the same name that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that April, with The Bride itself arriving in July. ~ Heather Phares
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Haunted Man

1. Lilies

2. All Your Gold

3. Horses Of The Sun

4. Oh Yeah

5. Laura

6. Winter Fields

7. The Haunted Man

8. Marilyn

9. A Wall

10. Rest Your Head

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Track List: Two Suns

1. Glass

2. Sleep Alone

3. Moon And Moon

4. Daniel

5. Peace Of Mind

6. Siren Song

7. Pearl's Dream

8. Good Love

9. Two Planets

10. Travelling Woman

11. The Big Sleep

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Track List: Fur And Gold

1. Horse And I

2. Trophy

3. Tahiti

4. What's A Girl To Do

5. Sad Eyes

6. The Wizard

7. Prescilla

8. Bat's Mouth

9. Seal Jubilee

10. Sarah

11. I Saw A Light

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Track List: A Forest (Single)

1. A Forest

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Track List: Daniel (Single)

1. Daniel

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Track List: In God's House (Single)

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So she's surfaced... with this intense wedding motif LOL
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crispi03
no 2015 live shows scheduled... . . . . .
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I love her songs. I understand them all.
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We're in a real lull of activity for BFL lately and I'm totally up to my ears in other acts and genres right now. Natasha has that connection to the art world. You never know, she might go off music and do an art installation . It would be a shame, but I suspect that she's in a transition of some kind at least.
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jpierce717
She looks hot, but this song sucks!
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It's Natasha Khan's 34th birthday today, 25th October. Happy birthday Natasha!
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maiarachel
1.kiss ur left hand
2.say ur crushes name
3.close ur hand
4.say ur name
5.say a school day
6. Open ur hand
7.post this at least 15 times and it will come true
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BFL is my newest favorite; such a great sound.
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I have looked at a lot of likes figures for various kinds of acts on Pandora and I can't believe that BFL has so few likes. It is a mystery to me. Even quirky Björky has 2400. I know it took Björk 20 years of major-label solo work to build up that much appreciation but beautifully talented people aren't getting the attention they deserve....
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@jtcpginc4 it's been 3 months since I saw that and I can't think of anyone. Well, I tried.
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Love her voice.
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I found out about her by her duet with Beck, on the song "Let's Get Lost", off of the "Twilight: Eclipse" soundtrack. ❤ Awesome song; awesome music.
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zlgruskin, I am very, very envious.
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zlgruskin
Haha i cant believe it when this song came up and my mom told me that bat for lashes is a family friend. So not kidding.
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I have to go and do things but I can't stop listening to this station! I can't put my headphones down. Damn you. (As I sit here)
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If you could compare her to any other artist it could only be the great ............ .
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She is my favorite artist and I can't wait for the new CD in October!!! So excited!
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justinvanels b e r g 1 9 8 9
She's London born to a Pakistani father and an English mother- not the same thing as Pakistan-bor n . Very different, in fact.
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I am getting to know her sound thanks to her being on a movie soundtrack.
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Great music. But once again I wonder who does the bio who is always out of synch. In the bio you compare her style to Bjork and Siouxsie and then never mention those in similar artist. Get it together, makes me think you don't know your music.
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Reminds me of some of Faun Fables' work
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i totally agree that florence and the machine and bat for lashs are new life adore them both so much one tumbs up is not enough maybe 10 would work
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my fav artist
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Ya, totally awesome :D I got Tori tooooo but Bat is a close 3rd... :)
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Love love love Bat for Lashes. I have Tori Amos, Kate Bush, and Bjork musical roots so it isn't strange that I instantly fell in love with her music. I do not think that anyone is creating magical music this good right now, except for the incredible Florence and the Machine. A different sound from Bat for Lashes but equally as amazing. Bat for Lashes and Florence and the Machine have breathed new life into the music scene. Thank God!! I hope to be lucky enough to see Bat for Lashes in concert
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dthomas218
Like the song. Interesting lyrics.
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I want to go to a concert SO bad! but she hasn't been in town EVER =( I love her with a passion though! =)
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I think A Fine Frenzy should be added to similar artists.... She sounds just like Alison
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Loved her since I heard her back in 2006. Seen her twice now. Natasha is just lovely. Huge fan.
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amadeus_anto n i n
:) this is good. and i like the fact they are ineternation a l l y recognized.
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seeing her in seattle this month very excited.. i think you should replace cat power w/ imogen heap or bjork dont think many of her records remind me of cat power.. just a thought
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I think you should add Tori Amos to the 'Similar Artist' bar.
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Their live show is incredible; go see them if you can. Yes, there's the amazing voice, the unique instrumentat i o n , the friendly rapport among the musicians, the gorgeous songs-- but you absolutely have to see Natasha Khan's stage presence for yourself.
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gonna see her in Paris this month
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She has a nice voice, very nice indeed. I swear i've heard her voice somewhere else before 2006, though. I can't really remember where though.
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kari_kcc
rules.
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Wonderful listening pleasures
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Beautiful music
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I like it, I really really like it.
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:)

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