Bat for Lashes ended the North American leg of their tour this Monday with a sold-out show at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.
Natasha Khan, the British frontwoman for the band, was decked out in a spandex body suit with wings of string hanging from her arms. She swayed around the wolf-themed stage barefoot, crooning dreamy, haunting melodies into a crowd of adoring fans. An enormous painting of a wolf howling over a moon loomed over the stage.
Khan is an emotive performer. She tinkled bells, played the piano, beat a tambourine, strummed a harpsichord and sung to the rafters with every ounce of her body and soul. The band swapped out roles and instruments on nearly every song.
The hour long set mainly consisted of songs from their sophomore album, Two Sungs, released in April of this year. It's a concept album, inspired by Khan's blonde, ultra-femme alter ego, Pearl. Pearl was born when Khan traveled to New York City to write songs for the record, expecting to find the streets filled with drag queens and beautiful sideshow freaks. Encountering the sanitized New York that exists now, she embarked on her own personal art project. She put on a wig, threw some makeup on and took photos of herself on Brooklyn at night.
The pitchfork.com review for the album said, "Two suns is home to some of the year's most thrilling music so far." A fan shouted during the set, "You're the only band that matters!" The crowd agreed.
(Heather Downie / Photos by Barrett Ross)