Bat for Lashes is the work of British singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist Natasha Khan.
Born in Pakistan in 1979, but brought up and educated mainly in England, it was whilst working as a nursery school teacher, following her university degree in film and music, that Fur and Gold album opener “Horse and I” came to Khan in a dream. Inspired by tales of Joan of Arc, she is woken by a black horse at the window and sent on a fateful quest. This dream inspired the songs that now comprise Fur and Gold.
Recorded in London and Brighton, the album was co-produced by Khan and David Kosten (Faultline). Recurrent themes of natural forces and animal kingdoms, rugged English cliff tops and engulfing oceans – highlighted on the lament “Seal Jubilee”, are juxtaposed with the energy of rough urban living, teenage bedrooms and the freedom of California highways. Josh T Pearson (Lift to Experience) guests, adding guitar and vocals on three tracks – the brooding live favorite “Trophy”, “Seal Jubilee”, and the finale “I Saw A Light”.
Bat for Lashes played her first big show in London supporting CocoRosie at the Scala at the end of 2005. A year later almost to the day, Bat for Lashes headlined a sold-out Scala.