By Joseph Patel
Yesterday, things on our floor came to a standstill as we welcomed the lovely and talented Natasha Khan to the MTV News offices. Some of you may know the half-British, half-Pakistani Khan by her nom de guerre, Bat for Lashes, or by her lesser-known standing as my future wife. Either way, we were all sort of transfixed because she makes beautiful, dystopian pop music and carries herself with this whimsical-but-thoughtful abandon, and she's pretty gorgeous all the way around. Win/win/win.
Anyway, the Bat for Lashes song, "What's a Girl to Do," and its "Donnie Darko"-inspired music video, is what got me hooked on Khan and her music a couple of years ago, and she'll be releasing her second album, Two Suns, in April. She was stopping by New York for a week, on her way to Brazil to shoot a video for a new song called "Daniel." We took some time to talk about Two Suns.
Khan says she was inspired a lot by the eclectic range of 1980s pop, and artists like Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and the Cure, who we look back on and remember fondly. She also admitted to us that she channeled a little bit of Beyoncé and her alter-ego Sasha Fierce on this album, in that she too created a character — in this case, Pearl — in which to sing her new songs through. We'll let Natasha explain more thoroughly.
We'll have more from this Bat for Lashes interview coming to you in the next few days. I'll also let you know where we will be registering for our wedding.