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Music: Bat For Lashes

Bat for Lashes is not a band, but the stage name of Natasha Khan, a critically praised English musician of Pakistani descent. She plays multiple instruments including the piano, the harpsichord and the autoharp. She also has a background in the visual arts, which shows in her elaborate shamanic costumes and sets. Her work has been described as "mystical indie pop", with its lush, ethereal soundscapes and lyrics that are, uh, mystical. Her first album, Fur and Gold, was more earthy and insular in its instrumentation and her second album, Two Suns, features more electronic influences. Her third album, " The Haunted Man" shows a significantly altered, more minimalistic and arguably mature style that earned her very good ratings.

Discography:

  • Fur and Gold (2006)
  • Two Suns (2009)
  • The Haunted Man (2012)

Provides examples of:

  • Album Title Drop:
    • Fur and Gold: On track two, "Trophy"
    • Two Suns: On track one, "Glass"
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Both of her names.
  • Berserk Button: Do not compare her to Tori Amos.
  • Concept Album: Part of Two Suns revolves around Pearl, a blond-curled Femme Fatale alter ego of Khan.
  • The Cover Changes The Gender: Her cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" does this.
  • Femme Fatale: Pearl, as mentioned above. Explored in "Siren Song", in which she laments the fact that she will inevitably destroy the man she loves.
  • I Am the Band
  • One Woman Song: Unusually for a female singer, she has a number of these: "Prescilla", "Sarah", "Laura", "Marilyn". "Daniel" is a genderflipped example.
  • Shout-Out: The song "Daniel" is named after the hero from The Karate Kid. The music video contains references to the film, most notably the appearance of a Daniel look-alike at the end, and the cover of the single depicts Khan with an image of the character painted on her back.
  • Signature Song: "Daniel".
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: In her version of "I'm on Fire":
    Sometimes it's like someone took a knife, baby, edgy and blunt
    And cut a 6-inch valley through the middle of my... soul
  • Triang Relations: The song "Prescilla", which features the heroine, Karen, who loves an unnamed man...but the man loves Prescilla.
  • Vocal Evolution: She was never a bad singer, yet it's quite noticeable that her vocals in "The Haunted Man" are much better than in the previous two albums.

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alternative title(s): Bat For Lashes
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