As you just saw and heard, Bat For Lashes makes haunting and mysterious music that recalls such veteran performers as Kate Bush and Siouxsie & the Banshees and contemporaries like Bjork and Tori Amos. In the U.K., B4L has garnered considerable acclaim, including a nomination for the Mercury Prize for her first album, 2006's Fur And Gold, as well as nominations for British Breakthrough Act and British Solo Female at the 2008 Brit Awards. In 2007, the American Society of Composer, Authors and Publishers, commonly known as ASCAP, honored her with its ASCAP Vanguard Award.
Perhaps even more important than those accolades is the praise that Bat For Lashes has received from her peers. Artists who have given Bat props include M.I.A. and Radiohead, which invited her to open some dates for the band. "I get quite shocked that Thom Yorke said he loved 'Horse & I' [the opening track from Fur And Gold]," Khan once said. "When I was a teenager I grew up listening to Radiohead's The Bends every day in my Walkman, crying and being really Gothed out and stuff, so it's so weird for me years later to hear that." Check out the striking video for "What's A Girl To Do?" from Bat For Lashes' rookie release, Fur And Gold, below.
More recently, Yorke gave Khan advice on working on how she should attempt to follow up her acclaimed debut. "He sort of encouraged me not to give two hoots about what anyone says about my music, and just to remain faithful to my own vision," she recently told the BBC. From what I've heard, Khan is following her own vision and that vision remains crystal clear. The album includes guest appearances by cult legend Scott Walker and members of Yeasayer, but I really want to know what you say about her. Do you think Bat For Lashes will hit a grand slam with Two Suns, simply take a base on balls, or will this acclaimed U.K. act strike out in the U.S.? While you're updating the box score, check out Bat's cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire," recorded for the BBC. I think it's a hit. How about you?
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