U.K. alternative act Bat For Lashes has teamed with Beck for the new “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” soundtrack, out next month. Now Natasha Khan is considering working with him again when it comes to recording the follow-up to her 2009 Bat For Lashes album “Two Suns.”
“I’ve got a bunch of songs, it’s not early days in terms of I’ve got enough where I could make an album,” she says. “But actually I want to take more time with this one because I’ve been on tour for so long and I think it’s boring to write songs about being on tour.”
Instead, Khan plans to go traveling, work on other projects and pick and choose some collaborations – starting with Beck. The co-write “Let’s Get Lost” was recorded in L.A. for the soundtrack.
“It turned out great, and I’m really proud of it,” says Khan. “So I’m just branching out, trying to be inspired by different things and collaborate a bit and just nourish the artist.”
Asked about recruiting Beck for the third Bat For Lashes album, Khan responds: “Yes, possibly. He’s got great creative ideas.”
Khan has been nominated but ultimately missed out on a BRIT Award and Mercury Prize (twice). But the “Two Suns” lead single “Daniel” won her an Ivor Novello award this month.
“With ‘Daniel’ I played most of the instruments, I wrote everything, I wrote the song,” she says. “In some ways [the Ivor Novello] is great because it’s validated that I can do it on my own, so it frees you up in a way to feel like you want to branch out more. So that might be great for collaborations.”
Khan says a 2011 album release is possible. She still has two more records to deliver to troubled major EMI.
“Hopefully it will be fine,” says Khan of the major, which is struggling with a debt burden. “God knows what’s happening, but hopefully it will be sorted out by the time [of the album].”