Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Playlist: Natasha Khan

The enigmatically named Bat for Lashes, a.k.a. Natasha Khan, is a former nursery school teacher turned visual artist and songstress who hails from Pakistan by way of Brighton, England. A fey pixie with a penchant for feathers, face paint, and head scarves and a Björkian voice (the swan-dressed one is a fan, as are Thom Yorke and Devendra Banhart), Khan makes a specialty of dreaminess: The first song on her debut album, the Mercury Prize-nominated Fur and Gold, is about the singer being woken from her sleep by a horse who leads her to a magical land. She's casting her spell in New York tomorrow night at the Knitting Factory. Here, she shares a few of her favorite things—at least for now—with

Tom Waits, Lonely
The Cure, A Forest
M.I.A., Galang
Prince, Sign o' the Times
Jermaine Stewart, We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (cheesy and genius!)
Cat Power, Wild Is the WindKids
The Velvet Underground, All Tomorrow's Parties
Devendra Banhart, Hey Mama Wolf
Lou Reed, Street Hassle
Björk, Pagan Poetry