We're super chuffed to announce we're supporting Bat For Lashes' Laneway Festival sideshows next year - huzzah! Although we won't literally be up on stage with Natasha Khan (our singing voices are meant only for the shower), we're quite excited about being involved.
To celebrate, here's a little extended excerpt of the interview we did with Natasha for frankie issue 49. We had a chat to her while her bus was broken down on the side of the road in the middle of the French countryside, and she was nothing short of darling. As always, there just wasn't enough space to tell you everything we spoke about, so here's a little more about her new record, The Haunted Man.
Art is definitely half of my creative side. To me, music is very visual, and whenever I'm writing songs I'm definitely visualising characters and colours. I've been creating the landscape where this album takes place in my mind: I've made scrapbooks of drawings, watched a lot of bizarre '70s English films about war and looked at pictures of mechanical inventions and lighthouses. The themes on The Haunted Man are about looking at my ancestry and patterns of the generations who have gone before me. I think you should feel the past so you can move on into a new consciousness. It's about empathy, gentleness, healing, growing, love, and the light and dark aspects of those things. I don't have any intention to change people's opinions, but I hope man can feel some kind of connection with those topics. In the music, it's a more subtle essence of me.
Isn't she a sweetheart? We have five double passes for her Sydney performance on January 30th and her Melbourne show on February 5th to give away - just email us here and let us know what your favourite song off the new album is and we'll put you into the draw (personally, "Laura" still brings us to a near-teary mess, but we won't be biased if your heart strings pull you in another direction.)