Bat for Lashes - Exposure
- Claire Sawers
- 28 February 2007
Bat For Lashes
Brighton singer-songwriter Natasha Khan’s debut album, Fur and Gold, is a dreamy, fairytale world of wolves, wizards and facial glitter. Thom Yorke and Devendra Banhart are fans of her melancholy, mystical sound and her soaring vocals have drawn comparisons with Björk and Kate Bush.
Natasha explains where her musical alter ego came from.
I was looking at a painting in an art magazine. Bat for Lashes popped into my mind like a bolt of inspiration. I don’t really know what it means. It just sounds like my music - bat has nocturnal connotations and lashes sounds feminine.
Where do you find inspiration?
All over. It can be landscapes or 80s children’s films like ET. Whenever I’m writing a song, there’s always a lush, cinematic concept going on in my mind. I have very vivid dreams too, they inspire songs regularly.
Onstage, you have a quirky, dressing-up box style. Is image important to your music?
Very, because it creates the whole 3D thing. I’m a visual person. I did my degree in music and visual arts. The two are synonymous. It’s a concentrated version of what I normally wear. Animal things, headdresses, necklaces with charms, things friends give me, things I pick up when I travel.
Do you prefer recording or playing live?
They take two different parts of your brain. Live, it’s about spontaneity, the energy coming off the audience; it’s theatrical. Recording is more like painting. You’re creating something with lots more detail and focus. You’re sculpting a sound, with different layers.
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Sat 3 Mar. The single, ‘Prescilla’ is released on The Echo Label on 5 Mar.