Bat for Lashes is the stage name of Natasha Khan (born 25 October
1979), a Brighton-based songwriter.
Born to the eminent Pakistani family of squash-playing Khans, her early
life was spent travelling the world, though she spent part of her
childhood in Pakistan. She had a strict religious upbringing until her
parents separated, when she was eleven years old.
Khan graduated in film and music; while at university her experimental
work was influenced by artists such as Steve Reich and Susan Hiller,
and she produced multi-media work centred on sound installations,
animations and performance. She went on to work as a nursery-school
teacher, and it was during this period that she began writing the
material for her first album.