In anticipation of her appearance at Telekom Electronic Beats Festival in Budapest we sat down with Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes to talk about her inspirations and the topics of her excellent new album The Bride.
How do you feel about the concept of monogamous marriage?
I think it’s a heroic thing to undertake, especially in this modern age of choice… but I respect it as a constitution, because I think love and connection and commitment make us happy. I think marriage is tough but it’s one of our last remaining recognizable rituals, and I think humanity needs these cornerstones to feel connected.
How does the title of the album, The Bride, relate to you? Why did you call it that?
It relates to me in that I take on that persona, and through that I can explore all sorts of emotional terrain, like being an actor and a director in a film. I called it that because the central character of the story is “the bride” but also she is an archetype, a metaphor for someone going through a journey, it allows me to go deeper with it.
What song would you play for a newly-wed couple?
“This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads. It’s full of hope and sweetness.
How important is family in your artistic process?
My brother played synths on one of my records. And my family are extremely important to me. But the artistic process for me is more my own thing, with my collaborators… so during the process I am often off making work, and then love to come back and hang out with my family and feel normal again. They are very supportive.
What do you worry about the most?
I worry for the future of our planet, how a lot of the animals are disappearing, how we have seemingly lost our connection to our place in the grand dance of nature,… that we are small parts of a grander whole, and we could feel a lot less scared and alone if we realized nature is there to help and support us if we stop believing we are separate. I worry that if I have children one day, how I will explain to them what a tiger was like, or what life is like without a screen to filter it out. I worry about lots of things, but I try to process those worries positively by being creative, proactive, being grateful for what I have, making beauty out of the darkness!