By Henrietta Mensah
Natasha Khan aka Bat for Lashes has returned with her long awaited third studio album ‘The Haunted Man’. London born singer Khan has previously released two studio albums, Fur and Gold (2006) and Two Suns (2009), both of which have been nominated for the Mercury Prize. Fur and Gold, Khan’s harmonious debut, welcomes an interesting fusion of atmospheric, powerful vocals accompanied by an experimental instrumentation which draws comparison to artists such as PJ Harvey, Kate Bush and Bjork.
In Khan’s follow up album Two Suns, we’re introduced to alter ego Pearl, described as “a destructive, self-absorbed, blonde, femme fatale of a persona who acts as a direct foil to Khan’s more mystical, desert-born spiritual self.”
The Haunted Man is collection of dreamy synth pop songs mixed with emotional, poetic stripped back melodies. Memorable track All Your Gold produced by Dan Carey – who has worked with artists such as Róisín Murphy and Santigold is an upbeat track which mixes a blend of interesting drum rhythms and Khan’s elegant vocals over an exciting and eclectic instrumentation. The debut single off the album, Laura, co-written with Justin Parker (Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding) is a dynamic, beautiful ballad where we hear Khan’s stunning and emotional vocals accompanied by a simple piano melody and faint strings – “You say that they’ve all left you behind, your heart broke when the party died”.
Each track on The Haunted Man is elegant and well written. Khan has succeeded to deliver a collection of 11 diverse, beautiful and experimental tracks.