Slacker Logo


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
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
Bat For Lashes

    Indie Chill

    Indie Chill
    4 songs

    Relax Trax

    Relax Trax
    3 songs

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    2 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
    2 songs

    Indie Party

    2 songs

Albums by
Bat For Lashes

Top Songs by
Bat For Lashes

  1.   Song
  2.   Daniel
  3.   What's a Girl to Do?
  4.   Pearl's Dream
  5.   Moon and Moon
  6.   Laura
  7.   Prescilla
  8.   Sleep Alone
  9.   All Your Gold
  10.   Sad Eyes
  11.   The Big Sleep
  12.   Good Love
  13.   A Forest
  14.   Sunday Love
  15.   The Wizard
  16.   Tahiti
  17.   Trophy
  18.   Bat's Mouth
  19.   Horse and I
  20.   I Saw a Light
  21.   Peace of Mind
  22.   Glass
  23.   Honeymooning Alone
  24.   Sarah
  25.   Plan the Escape
  26.   Oh Yeah
  27.   Lonely
  28.   Siren Song
  29.   Seal Tubilee
  30.   In Your Bed
  31.   If I Knew
  32.   Never Forgive the Angels
  33.   Joe's Dream
  34.   In God's House
  35.   Lumen
  36.   Deep Sea Diver
  37.   Rest Your Head
  38.   A Wall
  39.   Marilyn
  40.   Never Again featuring Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village
  41.   Travelling Woman
  42.   Sweet Dreams
  43.   Land's End
  44.   Seal Jubilee
  45.   I Will Love Again
  46.   The Haunted Man
  47.   Daphne
  48.   Widow's Peak
  49.   Two Planets
  50.   Lilies
  51.   Winter Fields
  52.   I'm on Fire
  53.   Clouds
  54.   Close Encounters
  55.   Horses of the Sun
  56.   I Do
  57.   Bonus Material
  58.   Use Somebody
  59.   Wilderness
  60.   Making of Two Suns
  61.   I Follow Rivers

Artists Related to Bat For Lashes


Loading Sliders...
  1. + -



Casting to |