Ethereal Electronica SongstressWhat: Britain’s Bat for Lashes is sure to continue making waves in the U.S. once mainstream discovers her.
We admin our nightly perusal of gossip sites was what alerted us to this budding British talent. Sometimes there are known stories a writer just has to cover, there’s no choice, and this is one of them. It’s time America learned about Bat for Lashes. She is a category unto herself, some amalgamation of electronica, pop and the ethereal mentally-heavy songstresses that intoxicate with quiet strength and an exotic appeal. There’s something to be said about an artist that doesn’t quite fit into the usual music categories because it implies they might have the talent to both skirt the boundaries and create a new genre. It’s possible Bat for Lashes might be one of these talents.
It’s not the single Daniel for the her new album that gets us. True, the single is being pushed ahead of the April 7 release of Two Suns. But, there’s something about Bat for Lashes, the alias for Natasha Khan, that had us hooked after one listen. Some might chock her up to another alt-electronica voice that will intoxicate Londoners and Williamsburg hipsters, but we think there’s more. A resident of England, she spent some of her life in Pakistan. The upcoming launch will be her second album and is sure to mirror the blowup of M.I.A. ’s 2005 release, Arular. Perhaps at some points, she is a bit Mazzy Star, a bit Dido, a bit Bjork and a bit Tori Amos, but the inability to completely place her gives us confidence her new album will shoot to the top of the iTunes rankings. That and the already sold out-Bowery Ballroom and Williamsburg Music Hall shows, one month ahead of call time.