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"Went over the sea
What did I find?"

Bat for Lashes is not a band, but the stage name of Natasha Khan (born 25 October 1979), 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.

No relation to DC Comics' Bat Lash.


  • Fur and Gold (2006)
  • Two Suns (2009)
  • The Haunted Man (2012)
  • The Bride (2016)
  • Lost Girls (2019)

Provides examples of:

  • Album Title Drop:
    • Fur and Gold: On track two, "Trophy"
    • Two Suns: On track one, "Glass."
  • 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 Bride tells a story of a woman whose loved one died in a car crash on the way to their wedding.
  • 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.
  • Grief Song: The middle part of The Bride consists of these.
  • I Am the Band
  • Intercourse with You: "Close Encounters," apparently.
  • One-Woman Song: Unusually for a female singer, she has a number of these: "Prescilla," "Sarah," "Laura," "Marilyn," and "Jasmine." "Daniel" is a gender-flipped 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.
    • "Marilyn" has a Shout-Out to, well, Marilyn.
    • "Travelling Woman" from Two Suns was used in the Dollhouse episode "Belonging".
  • 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
  • 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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