“This record definitely made me bleed for it.” – Bat For Lashes

    Natasha Khan’s third studio LP The Haunted Man is set for release on Oct. 23 and in a recent interview with Spinner the singer went into more depth about her difficulty creating the album; “I felt desperate about the record quite a lot of the time – that it wasn’t coming easily. I almost lost my way. Maybe the hardest records are the best in the end. But this record definitely made me bleed for it.”

    Khan approached friends and fellow musicians such as Thom Yorke for advice on writer’s block. Part of the trouble may have been the difficult subject matter; “I think it’s definitely a record about being haunted by something and wanting to let go of those ghosts,” Khan told Spinner. “And I think especially as it’s connected to your family patterns and your ancestry. It really became apparent that there are certain relationship patterns and ways of behaving that have trickled down my family tree for generation.”

    In an interview with NME last month Khan described that there were also certain patterns arising in her music; “I noticed that the demos I was doing, I’d put the vocals really loud, and stripped the reverb away, and it was just beats and basslines and vocals and not much else.” This stripped-down vulnerability is reflected in the stunning music video for “All Your Gold” and also in the album’s subversive artwork.

    On Wednesday evening (Oct. 10) Bat for Lashes will be appearing on the BBC Radio 1 Zane Lowe show between 7-9pm. There will be a live session with performances of songs from The Haunted Man as well as an interview. You can listen online at the Radio 1 website. The singer has an extensive European tour planned for late October and November.

    European Tour Dates (via the Bat For Lashes website):


    18 Oct Inverness, Ironworks, UK

    19 Oct Edinburgh, Picture House, UK

    21 Oct Glasgow, O2 ABC, UK

    22 Oct Manchester, Cathedral, UK  SOLD OUT

    23 Oct Manchester, Cathedral, UK

    25 Oct Leeds, Metropolitan University, UK

    26 Oct Norwich, University of East Anglia, UK

    28 Oct Leicester, O2 Academy, UK

    29 Oct London HMV Forum, UK  SOLD OUT

    30 Oct London HMV Forum, UK

    1 Nov Birmingham, HMV Institute, UK

    2 Nov Bristol, Anson Rooms, UK

    3 Nov Portsmouth, Pyramids, UK

    4 Nov Brighton, Dome Concert Hall, UK

    15 Nov Huxley’s Neue Welt, Berlin, Germany

    18 Nov Zurich Rote Fabrik, Switzerland



    19 Nov Alcatraz, Milan, Italy

    20 Nov Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland

    22 Nov Barcelona Apolo, Spain

    23 Nov Madrid Teatro Kapital, Spain

    25 Nov Le Trianon, Paris, France

    26 Nov Le Spendid, Lille, France

    27 Nov Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    29 Nov Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium