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Bat For Lashes

The opening track on British songwriter and singer Natasha Khan's debut record came to her in a dream, one that inspired the former film student and then-nursery school teacher to a second career in music. According to Khan, the dream focused on a black horse that came to her window and invited her to take part in a mythical quest. In the waking world, that quest led to Kahn writing songs filled with themes of otherworldly kingdoms, fanciful allegories and woodland creatures, and eventually setting them to tape for a heady blend of darkly psychedelic indie pop. Recorded between her home city of Brighton and London, the record, Fur and Gold, found a home on the Echo Label and was released in September, 2006. Praised by the British press for her artful presentation and lolling songcraft, Kahn put together a live band and hit the road, supporting likeminded indie songstresses CocoRosie. She soon went back into the studio and released the more electro-centric follow-up, Two Suns in 2009.

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    Bat For Lashes

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 1 hr 13 min

    Brighton, England's Bat for Lashes is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Natasha Khan. The Pakistan-born Khan pulls from her art school education and her experience producing multimedia installations when it comes to writing songs. She also cites Steve Reich and Susan Hiller as influences, while echoes of Björk and Siouxsie Sioux are heard throughout Bat for Lashes' mystical indie rock sound. Bat for Lashes' first single, "The Wizard," was digitally released by DiS, and issued as a 7" on Khan's own She Bear imprint in early 2006. That fall, with "Trophy" burning up the BBC indie rock chart, the Fur & Gold LP arrived in the U.K. in September. The album was released a year later in the U.S. to much critical acclaim. Bat for Lashes' ambitious 2009 album, Two Suns, revolved around the concept of Khan and her blonde, hedonistic alter ego Pearl, and featured a duet with Scott Walker.
     
     

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