Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan: 'I almost lost my way making 'The Haunted Man''
'This record definitely made me bleed for it,' says singer of forthcoming third album
The singer's third studio LP is released on October 23 and, in an interview with Spinner, she admitted that the fraught creative sessions on the record had made her feel "desperate".
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 also spoke again about her decision to pose nude for the album's cover, claiming she chose a "specifically unsexy pose" to make a point about the music industry's treatment of female artists and said was surprised at the controversy it had garnered.
"I love Beyonce, but I saw a video of her [for 'The Best Thing You Never Had'] and she's just in white lingerie and nothing else," she said. "It's really sexual and really suggestive and there's loads of front covers where it's photoshopped, glossy skin, lip gloss, boobs out, really sexual pose. And so I'm surprised people think this is controversial."
In a video interview with NME.COM last month (September 28), Khan said the album's artwork had come about because she was "bored" of the media's representation of women. "I got into the idea of not shaving my legs and being a bit raw and wild about it," she said. "And celebrating that side of women, and all the complex things you can be except for just being sexy."
Speaking about the making of the album and its sound, meanwhile, she added: "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." Watch the video below.
Khan spent spent 18 months working on the album, which is the follow-up to her second LP 'Two Suns', and recently announced a full UK tour for October. She will play a total of 12 shows across the UK in late October and early November.
Bat For Lashes will play:
Inverness Ironworks (October 18)
Edinburgh Picture House (19)
O2 ABC Glasgow (21)
Manchester Cathedral (22)
Leeds Metropolitan University (25)
Norwich UEA (26)
O2 Academy Leicester (28)
London HMV Forum (29)
Birmingham HMV Institute (November 1)
Bristol Anson Rooms (2)
Portsmouth Pyramids Centre (3)
Brighton Dome (4)
To check the availability of Bat For Lashes tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.