Like Sia, Imogen Heap, Florence + the Machine and the rest of her fellow British baroque-pop songstresses, London-born Natasha Khan, better known as Bat for Lashes, has all the breathy-voiced charm and quirky good looks that make for love at first sight.
The daughter of a Pakistani former professional squash player and an English mother, Khan’s music bears all the drama and conflict and beauty of her biracial heritage. “Lilies” is the opening track from her third disc, The Haunted Man, a hauntingly poetic, dream-like New Age anthem, shimmering with glossy glitch beats, weepy washes of electric guitar, swelling full-orchestra treatments and Khan’s big, gorgeous neo-classical vocals.
The official video is a sumptuous piece of trippy performance art, with a scantily-clad Khan in body paint frolicking through a kaleidoscopic stop-motion world with furry monsters à la “Where The Wild Things Are” and vomiting animated sailboats and lightning bolts. We’re swooning. Watch it above.
Bat For Lashes’ The Haunted Man is out now via Parlophone.
STREAM: Bat For Lashes – “Lilies”