Be still my heart! When I heard Natasha Khan (who performs as Bat for Lashes) would be gracing San Francisco with a concert this month, you best believe I bought tickets immediately (after jumping up and down followed by squeals of glee). The British ingenue (Really, though; she writes, composes, and is a visual artist as well) has had my attention since the release of her debut album Fur and Gold. Dreamy yet gorgeously articulate, powerful, and often ballad-esque, the songs on Fur and Gold spoke to women everywhere with both tales grounded in the complicated, at times bittersweet realities of relationships (such as “What’s a Girl to Do”) and in the wanderings and musings of the mind, speaking to the potential and battles within in all of us by going down fantastical roads (“Horse and I”, “Prescilla”). Thom Yorke said it best in describing his listening experience of “Horse and I”: “Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes ain’t scared. I love the harpsichord and the sexual ghost voices and bowed saws. This song seems to come from the world of Grimm’s fairytales, and I feel like a wolf.” My thoughts exactly. (Source: ateaseweb.com).
Now touring internationally after the release of her second album Two Suns this spring, Bat for Lashes absolutely blew the crowd away this past Saturday, June 13th when she played the Great American Music Hall. Opening act Hecuba got our bodies moving with a bass-laden, Peaches meets LCD Soundsystem set. Then Bat for Lashes took the stage, and proceeded to seriously kill it. Two Suns still possesses that dream-laced quality, and Khan’s profusions of love, but is more beat-driven punctuated with elements of soul and her hallmark electronic sound. Khan and the Bat for Lashes crew navigated the set effortlessly; she sung her heart out while playing numerous instruments. Way to rock our world, girl!
Here’s a short clip from her performance of the hit single off of Fur and Gold, “What’s a Girl to Do”
If you don’t have her albums on repeat already…you soon will.
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