Favorite Sessions

Bat For Lashes: Balladry, On Ableton And AutoharpWFUV-FM

Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes presented some intriguing guises for her first two albums, from Fur and Gold's willowy siren to Two Suns' blonde-wigged alter ego. But for 2012's The Haunted Man, Khan stripped herself bare — and not just for the cover of her album.

The Haunted Man was forged from trying experiences. Plagued by a serious bout of writer's block, Khan set off on a walkabout for three years, taking time to garden in Sussex, toss around ideas with Beck in California, and finally reconnect with longtime collaborator David Kosten and new co-producer Dan Carey in London.

Khan says the door to the album finally swung open with "Lilies," a tenderly conceived track detailing a passage from ragged despair to genuine hope. Khan and guitarist Ben Christophers visited WFUV in early January and performed "Lilies" acoustically, offering a window into Khan's latest work that felt fragile, intimate and revelatory.

Watch the entire session with Bat For Lashes at WFUV.org.

Credits
  • Audio: Jim O'Hara
  • Cameras: Joe Grimaldi, Daniel Hodd
  • Editor: Joe Grimaldi
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