Bat for Lashes on motherhood, embodiment and creation
‘[Experiencing motherhood] has definitely changed my relationship with my body and therefore my relationship to movement and performance’.
The Dream of Delphi is the sixth studio album from Bat for Lashes, aks singer Natasha Khan. The album is inspired by Khan’s daughter Delphi, who was born during the Covid-19 lockdown, and is about the conception, birth and early stages of her daughter’s life, as well as Khan’s own newly experienced feelings and energies of being a mother.
In this exclusive interview filmed ahead of her sold out show at our Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Christine and the Queens’ Meltdown, Khan discusses how managing her own embodiment was central to her creativity as developed the album and accompanying show. She also explains how motherhood also brought an element of spontaneity, and a meditative quality to the music of the album.
Speaking of her appearance at Meltdown festival, Khan says ‘I feel very touched to be included and to be recognised by a peer and somebody that I respect and love’.
‘I’m glad that I still find facets of this prism of who I am to create work from. There’s always a new refraction, there’s always something fresh to see as a human being if you keep growing and trying to push yourself’.
Bat for Lashes performs a sold out show at our Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Meltdown festival on Thursday 16 June.