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

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