Character studies: an interview with Bat For Lashes

Character studies: an interview with Bat For Lashes

Bat For Lashes - or Natasha Khan - is known for bringing her surreal musical worlds alive. The release of her fourth album sees her adopting the persona (and neon makeup) of The Bride, a woman whose fiancé dies on their wedding day. But beneath the conceptual theatricality and Lynchian aesthetic of the album, the subtly intricate songs explore Natasha’s own experiences with relationships and commitment. I spoke to her about love, art and happiness in the modern age.

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Next of kin: an interview with Liela Moss

Next of kin: an interview with Liela Moss

Following the release of their third album in 2011 and a long American tour, The Duke Spirit were exhausted and seemingly unable to shake the uncomfortable stance between obscurity and success that had always stalked them. The lack of motivation to push for another record coincided, strangely, with huge rupture in their personal lives. Within a week, frontwoman Liela Moss lost her step-mum to cancer and guitarist Luke Ford’s first child was born. So when I ask Liela what the London band have been up to these past five years, she simply leans back in her chair, a tired smile dancing around her face. Because everything happened in that time. Life changed.

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