Sometimes things happen in such a strange way that I think they must be linked by fate. I discovered an article in the new I.D. magazine on the band BAT FOR LASHES. The magical picture has a girl in the corner of a boxing ring in a ballet leotard, fur fur vest (looks like human hair!), a suede headband, painted native cheeks, and a giant peacock feather fan spilling from behind her. Turns out this 26 year old beauty is Natasha Khan- aka Bat for Lashes. Styled like my legendary icon Kate Bush- and according to the article she is channeling the voice of CAt Power and Bjork-
cut to a day later-I walk into the ShowPony and Britt is showing me an amazing photo spread on this singer and has downloaded her music. She looked familiar- then she says--Bat For Lashes.
Although the music is enchanting and sprung from trees and fairie lore- there is something modern about the hip hop beats and regal medieval elements that take it the next level of folk.
Although she hails from England- this cosmic wonder is part Pakistani with Mongolian roots. Her debut album FUR and GOLD-- has references to her childhood-(growing up with drum prayer circles etc...)
If it's not enough that she has a whispering melodic voice and a gorgeous face- she is also an artist who plans on creating artwork for the album. She has referenced "David Lynch- Elvis films and summoning up bleached out desert vibes." She says it's not just about making music but "about taking flight into the night and decorating it with magic totems of her childhood dreams and nightmares."
WOW. I could have a new girl crush today.
She concludes her interview by saying..." It's all about magic and believing in powers beyond what you can actually see." This new album is out now--
After all that Lash action-I stumbled onto pictures from the 1980 movie HEY BABE! by Rafal Zielinski. I couldn't believe how similar Natasha and young Yasmine Bleeth look, especially their long dark hair and giant eyelashes. Zielinski has said that he attempted to capture energy, dazzle, color and explosive music in his film. He wanted to make a film that captures childhood-and the moment when you enter adulthood- like a fairy tale with fantasy elements. Yasmine Bleeth was only 12 years old and starring in her first movie- ( how did she end up on Baywatch)