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The Haunted Man

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Natasha Khan's two previous Bat for Lashes albums -- 2006's Fur and Gold and 2009's Two Suns -- were lavish affairs from their cover images to their intricate songs. However, The Haunted Man's album artwork, which depicts Khan as naked except for the also nude man slung over her shoulders, was one of the first hints that she was taking a slightly different tack with this set of songs. More proof came with "Laura," the soft, spare ballad she picked to be the album's lead single. While Khan explored her flair with character studies on Two Suns, this song's intimacy and the keenly observed details in lyrics like "your tears feel hot on my bedsheets" felt more like a natural progression from songs like "Sad Eyes," off of Fur and Gold. As that album (and Two Suns' more restrained moments) showed, Khan's singing and writing are more than strong enough to be more or less naked, and she finds freedom in this throughout most of The Haunted Man. Feeling alive is a refrain on many of these songs, most vividly on the proudly sexual "Oh Yeah," where Khan is "waiting like a flower to open wide" and the unearthliness of her upper register adds a fairytale sparkle to her desire. This mix of rawness and delicacy makes her among the best of all the Kate Bush disciples dotting the early 21st century pop landscape at emulating the will-o-the-wisp willfulness of La Bush's work, particularly on the silvery, shivery opening track "Lilies" and "Winter Fields," which soars above the English countryside with just a little bit of fear shading its wonder. When The Haunted Man strays from these sparer sounds, the results are mixed: the tribal/primal rhythms and vocals on "Horses of the Sun" add to its rough-hewn beauty, but the electronic squiggles and processed vocals on "Marilyn" are distracting and indulgent. Still, much of The Haunted Man caters to Khan's strengths, and songs such as "All Your Gold," "A Wall," and "Rest Your Head" are among the catchiest she's written in some time. Focus and restraint might not sound exciting in and of themselves, but The Haunted Man is more direct than any of Bat for Lashes' previous work, and manages to keep the air of mystique around Khan that has made her one to watch and listen to since her early days.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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1
Lilies
Bat For Lashes
00:04:46

John Metcalfe, Samples - Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Clarinet, Horn, Piano, Programmer, Vocals, Synth Bass, Synthesiser, Autoharp - David Kosten, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer - Leo Taylor, Drums - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Alexis Smith, Mixer, Engineer & Mixer - Dan Carey, Mixer, Production, Programmer, Engineer & Mixer - Bat For Lashes, MainArtist - Dave Sitek, Synth Bass, Musicians - Finn Vine, Guitar

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
All Your Gold
Bat For Lashes
00:04:32

Louisa Fuller, Violin - Rick Koster, Violin - Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Harp, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Produced by, Synthesizer, Synthesiser - Jeff Moore, Violin - David Kosten, Engineer, Production - Chris Worsey, Cello - Ian Burdge, Cello - Everton Nelson, Violin, Musicians - Ian Humphries, Violin - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Alexis Smith, Engineer - Sally Herbert, Conductor - Sophie Harris, Cello - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Programmer, Produced by, Guitarra - Bruce White, Viola - Nick Barr, Viola - Bat For Lashes, MainArtist - Ali Dods, Violin - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Kate Robinson, Violin - Vicky Wardman, Viola - Sam O'Kell, Engineer

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Horses of the Sun
Adrian Utley
00:04:59

Adrian Utley, Guitar, Additional Synthesizer, Synthesiser - John Metcalfe, Samples - Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Cymbals, Vocals, Strings, Synthesizer, Autoharp - David Kosten, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Synthesizer, Synthesiser - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Mo Hausler, Engineer - Bat For Lashes, Guitar, Vocals, Additional Synthesizer, Synthesiser, MainArtist - Oli Langford, Violin, Strings - Tom Loffman, Additional Engineer - Drew Smith, Additional Engineer - Finn Vine, Guitar - Isabel Seeliger-Morley, Engineer - Michael Spearman, Drums - Jeremy Pritchard, Bass - Maximillian Baillie, Viola - Lucy Railton, Cello - T.J. Allen, Musicians, Synthesizer

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Oh Yeah
Bat For Lashes
00:04:56

Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Percussion, Piano, Programmer, Vocals, Synthesizer, Synthesiser, Samples - Rob Ellis, Drums, Production - David Kosten, Engineer, Keyboards, Production, Programmer - Leo Taylor, Drums - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Alexis Smith, Mixer, Engineer - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Guitar, Programmer, Bass - Mo Hausler, Engineer - Bat For Lashes, MainArtist - Kato Adland, Engineer - Drew Smith, Assistant Engineer - Brendan Ashe, Piano - Serafina Steer, Harp

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Laura
Bat For Lashes
00:04:26

Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Arrangement Horn, Strings - David Kosten, Engineer, Production - Chris Worsey, Cello - Ian Burdge, Cello - Richard Pryce, Double Bass - Richard Watkins, French Horn - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mike Kearsey, Trombone - Alexis Smith, Engineer - Sally Herbert, Conductor - Sophie Harris, Cello - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Bat For Lashes, MainArtist - Oren Marshall, Tuba - Justin Parker, Composer, Engineer, Piano, Vocal Producer, Recorded by - Dan Newell, Trumpet - Steve Rossell, Double Bass - Sam O'Kell, Engineer, Recording Engineer

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Winter Fields
Bat For Lashes
00:03:42

Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Drums, Programmer, Vocals, Strings, Synthesizer, Synthesiser - David Kosten, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer - Eliza Marshall, Bass Flute, Musicians - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Tom Pigott-Smith, Violin - Mo Hausler, Engineer - Bat For Lashes, MainArtist - Oli Langford, Violin - Drew Smith, Assistant Engineer - Isabel Seeliger-Morley, Engineer - Maximillian Baillie, Viola - Lucy Railton, Cello

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
The Haunted Man
Bat For Lashes
00:05:15

Louisa Fuller, Violin - Rick Koster, Violin - John Metcalfe, Conductor, Programmer - Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Synthesiser, Words - Jeff Moore, Violin - Rob Ellis, Choir, Choral Backing Vocals Vocals - David Kosten, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer - Eliza Marshall, Flute - Chris Worsey, Cello - Ian Burdge, Cello - Richard Pryce, Double Bass - Everton Nelson, Violin, Musicians - Ian Humphries, Violin - Richard Watkins, French Horn - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mike Kearsey, Trombone - Sophie Harris, Cello - Bruce White, Viola - Mo Hausler, Engineer - Nick Barr, Viola - Ben Christophers, Choir, Musicians, Choral Backing Vocals Vocals - Bat For Lashes, MainArtist - Ali Dods, Violin - Sarah Jones, Backing Vocals - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Drew Smith, Assistant Engineer - Dan Newell, Trumpet - Steve Rossell, Double Bass - Kate Robinson, Violin - Vicky Wardman, Viola - Sam O'Kell, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Isabel Seeliger-Morley, Engineer - Michael Spearman, Drums - Chris Vatalaro, Timpani - Brendon Ashe, Musicians, Choral Backing Vocals Vocals

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Marilyn
Bat For Lashes
00:04:35

Beck Hansen, Drums, Guitar, Programmer, Synthesizer, Synthesiser - Louisa Fuller, Violin - Rick Koster, Violin - Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Programmer, Vocals, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Synthesiser - Jeff Moore, Violin - David Kosten, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer - Eliza Marshall, Flute - Chris Worsey, Cello - Ian Burdge, Cello - Richard Pryce, Double Bass - Everton Nelson, Violin, Musicians - Ian Humphries, Violin - Richard Watkins, French Horn - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Mike Kearsey, Trombone - Alexis Smith, Engineer - Sally Herbert, Conductor - Sophie Harris, Cello - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer, Synthesizer, Synthesiser - Dean Nelson, Engineer - Bruce White, Viola - Nick Barr, Viola - Ben Christophers, Piano, Synthesizer, Synthesiser, Samples - Bat For Lashes, MainArtist - Ali Dods, Violin - Cole Marsden, Additional Engineer - Natalia Bonner, Violin - Dan Newell, Trumpet - Steve Rossell, Double Bass - Kate Robinson, Violin - Vicky Wardman, Viola - Sam O'Kell, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Chris Vatalaro, Timpani - Cassidy Turbin, Additional Engineer

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
A Wall
Bat For Lashes
00:04:01

Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, Synthesiser - David Kosten, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Synthesizer, Synthesiser, Vocoder - Leo Taylor, Drums - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Alexis Smith, Engineer - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Programmer, Synthesizer, Omnisphere - Bat For Lashes, MainArtist - Dave Sitek, Musicians, Synthesizer - Michael Spearman, Drums - Jeremy Pritchard, Bass

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Rest Your Head
Bat For Lashes
00:04:04

Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Piano, Programmer, Vocals, Synthesizer, Synthesiser, Mellotron - David Kosten, Engineer, Keyboards, Production, Programmer - Tariq Khan, Synthesizer - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Alexis Smith, Engineer - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Programmer, Synthesizer - Bat For Lashes, MainArtist - James Ford, Programmer, Synthesizer, Synthesiser

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Deep Sea Diver
Bat For Lashes
00:06:19

Natasha Khan, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Synthesiser, Harmonium - David Kosten, Engineer, Keyboards, Production, Programmer, Harmonium - John Davis, Mastering Engineer, Masterer - Alexis Smith, Engineer - Dan Carey, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Programmer, Samples, Noises, Atmospheric - Bat For Lashes, MainArtist

© 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2012 Parlophone Records Ltd ℗ 2012 The Echo Label Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Natasha Khan's two previous Bat for Lashes albums -- 2006's Fur and Gold and 2009's Two Suns -- were lavish affairs from their cover images to their intricate songs. However, The Haunted Man's album artwork, which depicts Khan as naked except for the also nude man slung over her shoulders, was one of the first hints that she was taking a slightly different tack with this set of songs. More proof came with "Laura," the soft, spare ballad she picked to be the album's lead single. While Khan explored her flair with character studies on Two Suns, this song's intimacy and the keenly observed details in lyrics like "your tears feel hot on my bedsheets" felt more like a natural progression from songs like "Sad Eyes," off of Fur and Gold. As that album (and Two Suns' more restrained moments) showed, Khan's singing and writing are more than strong enough to be more or less naked, and she finds freedom in this throughout most of The Haunted Man. Feeling alive is a refrain on many of these songs, most vividly on the proudly sexual "Oh Yeah," where Khan is "waiting like a flower to open wide" and the unearthliness of her upper register adds a fairytale sparkle to her desire. This mix of rawness and delicacy makes her among the best of all the Kate Bush disciples dotting the early 21st century pop landscape at emulating the will-o-the-wisp willfulness of La Bush's work, particularly on the silvery, shivery opening track "Lilies" and "Winter Fields," which soars above the English countryside with just a little bit of fear shading its wonder. When The Haunted Man strays from these sparer sounds, the results are mixed: the tribal/primal rhythms and vocals on "Horses of the Sun" add to its rough-hewn beauty, but the electronic squiggles and processed vocals on "Marilyn" are distracting and indulgent. Still, much of The Haunted Man caters to Khan's strengths, and songs such as "All Your Gold," "A Wall," and "Rest Your Head" are among the catchiest she's written in some time. Focus and restraint might not sound exciting in and of themselves, but The Haunted Man is more direct than any of Bat for Lashes' previous work, and manages to keep the air of mystique around Khan that has made her one to watch and listen to since her early days.
© Heather Phares /TiVo

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