English singer-songwriter Natasha Khan, aka Bat For Lashes, is taking on a number of projects in her downtime. Between tending to her East London garden, dabbling in clothing design for YMC, and writing and directing a short family drama Gotcha for Film4, she’s been keeping steadily busy since the 2012 release of her third album, The Haunted Man. New work, she tells the Guardian, “will arrive in its own good time.”
Khan’s diverse creative interests go hand in hand with her deep, dynamic music, revealing a mind that is constantly at work. She also says, in her Guardian interview, that now that she’s home making visual art, “the music ideas are sort of going, ’Excuse me, will you do this with me now?’ Rather than me going, ’Aargh, I need to make an album, where are you?’” Hopefully, this means there’s a lot of new Bat For Lashes music coming our way.
Khan’s clothing collection is available now at YMC, and pieces of it make an appearance in Khan’s self-directed short film, Under The Indigo Moon, which features the eponymously titled Beck and Bat For Lashes collaboration.
Her next directorial effort, Gotcha, is based on a screenplay she wrote about a father and son playing hide and seek. She tells the Guardian:
“It uses the game to display a dysfunctional family situation. I’m really interested in children in films – I love E.T., Close Encounters, the kids in Lynne Ramsay’s films. I’m interested in how the family home can be a dangerous place or a safe place.”