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When Natasha Khan set out to write The Bride, Bat for Lashes’ fourth studio album, today on Parlophone, she scribbled down 12 song titles as an outline, as if she were writing a novel. The story had been swirling around in her head for a while: the bride, overwhelmingly in love with her fiancé Joe, discovers he was killed in a car crash while she’s waiting in the church. Devastated, and boiling over with...
Natasha Khan has a voice like a public spectacle; it shimmers with drama and magnificence, beckoning your attention but also training your ear toward trauma. This makes her voice an easy veil for darkness, because it feels and sounds like a safe place, only to twist the knife lyrically and deliver operatic nightmares and tales of terror. Khan’s solo work as Bat for Lashes has reached a summit on The Bride, her fourth full-length...

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