Bat for Lashes will release her long awaited third album The Haunted Man on 15 October 2012 via Parlophone. A richly layered and accomplished record, it pulls Khan’s distinctive creative vision into sharper focus, confirming her as a true innovator and an established UK artist.
Album number three. In the trajectory of any recording career, it’s a milestone. But it’s one with a mythology so powerful it’s become a syndromic cliché, around which swirls a dread that threatens to swallow its (supposedly) panicking creator. For plenty of artists, the “difficult third album” can loom like a hurdle of K2-scaled monumentality. How the hell might you tackle it, is the question. The answer, if you’re Bat for Lashes, is you simply climb higher and through that, conquer your fears.
Bat for Lashes first captured hearts way back in 2006 with a set of distinctively haunting and darkly phantasmagoric songs ripe with magic realism. Her sensual and gilt-decorated dream world was opened up in two Mercury Music Prize nominated albums, the atavistic, reverb-drenched Fur and Gold (2006) and 2009’s more electronically poppy and universally acclaimed Two Suns. The latter featured the irresistible ‘Daniel’ – which won Ms Khan an Ivor Novello award for Best Contemporary Song – and began her journey into the mainstream.