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

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