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Bat for Lashes’ ‘Two Suns’ nominated for 2009 Mercury Music Prize

Bat for Lashes’ album Two Suns has been nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize. This is the second nomination in as many records for the delectable Natasha Khan, who was the only multiple nominee on this year’s list, elevating her into the ranks of other Mercury veterans like Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Amy Winehouse and Arctic Monkeys. The winner is due to be announced live on BBC Two on Tuesday 8 September 2009.

The new single Sleep Alone is released on 7 September and a full UK tour has been announced for October with very special guests Yeasayer, who played on several tracks from Two Suns.

Artist: Bat for Lashes
Title: Sleep Alone single
Label: Parlophone
Release Date: 7 September 2009
Formats: Digital Download
Website: www.batforlashes.com

Following an immense Glastonbury show, an epic Somerset House performance (not just musically but meteorologically) and a packed out headline set at Latitude, a full UK tour has been announced for October with two nights at the Roundhouse in London. Khan continues to delight audiences and critics alike with her magical live shows, with Johnny Depp being the latest in a long line of high profile fans proclaiming Two Suns to be a “masterpiece” when interviewed on Radio 1 recently. Added to that, Coldplay have asked Natasha to join them for two dates in Europe this September.

Sleep Alone, the third single to be taken from the acclaimed album Two Suns, combines a nagging acoustic riff with dark disco beats, fluttering strings and Natasha’s spooked falsetto vocal; “My mama told me / the dream of love is a two-hearted dream”.

The second track is the slower paced Moon & Moon. Beautifully recorded, the simple, lush piano melody paired with Natasha’s silky vocal yearning over long distance love and the pain of separation is a startling reminder of her effortless knack for straight-to-the-heart songwriting.

The digital release also includes a remix of Sleep Alone by the hotly tipped Swedish electronic wizards (and producers of the new Fever Ray album) Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid, as well as two stunning radio session tracks recorded live from Sirus Satellite Radio in New York.

Coldplay support dates:
Mon 7 September Paris Parc des Princes www.coldplay.com
Wed 9 September Nijmegen Goffertpark www.coldplay.com

UK tour dates with special guests Yeasayer:
Fri 11 Sept Bestival Isle Of Weight (Headlining the Big Top) SOLD OUT
Thu 1 Oct Bournemouth Opera House £17 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Fri 2 Oct Brighton Dome £17 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Sun 4 Oct Cambridge Corn Exchange £17 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Mon 5 Oct London Roundhouse £20 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Tue 6 Oct London Roundhouse £20 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Fri 9 Oct Bristol Colston Hall £17 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Sat 10 Oct Liverpool O2 Academy £17 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Mon 12 Oct Nottingham Rock City £17 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Tue 13 Oct Leeds O2 Academy £17 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Wed 14 Oct Manchester Academy £17 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Fri 16 Oct Cardiff University £17 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Sat 17 Oct Sheffield Octagon £17 www.seetickets.com 0870 2643333
Mon 19 Oct Glasgow O2 Academy £17 www.o2academyglasgow.co.uk
Tue 20 Oct Edinburgh HMV Picture House £17 www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Praise for Bat for Lashes:
“An extraordinary, devastating album that haunts like a dream and cuts like a knife”
5/5 Sunday Times ‘Pop CD of the Week’
“Two Suns is set to make Khan one of 2009′s stars… a fantastic package”
4/5 Observer Music Monthly ‘Album of the Month’
“An album that really is quite exceptional” 4/5 Telegraph ‘Pop CD of the Week’
“An uncompromising record… one that bears a versatile, sublime and sensual voice”
4.5/5 The Sun
“This is music of a higher quality, the work of an artist communicating meaningful ideas, superbly realised and delivered” 4/5 The Mirror ‘CD of the Week’
“Two Suns is the sound of an artist on the cusp of something very special”
4/5 Mixmag ‘Album of the Month’
“A sensationally assured return” 4/5 The Times
“Two Suns is an intoxicating, addictive album, a step up from Fur And Gold and a leap into a galaxy of its very own” 4/5 Q
“Two Suns is fantastic as well as fantastical” 4/5 The Guardian
“It’s obvious that her star is rising” 4/5 News of the World
“Two Suns is a brilliant pop album… epic in scope and ambition” 8/10 NME
“Khan pitches listeners into a lush mysterious otherworld so intoxicating, it’s like being smothered in opium-soaked velvet” 4/6 Time Out
“Two Suns is a triumphant return from Bat for Lashes” Music Week
“Khan’s poetic vocals sound emboldened, intricately fusing styles from folk and gospel to electronica and gothic pop” Metro
“Two Suns is a masterpiece” 5/5 GT Magazine
“A triumph” 4.5/5 Attitude
“Bewitching and inventive… something dark and exotic and fascinating lurks at the heart of even the poppiest songs” Alexis Petridis, GQ
“Haunting, stellar and oh-so-cool… Two Suns sits incongruously but confidently in mainstream pop” Esquire
“Beautifully spooky” 8/10 Vice
“This is a beautiful and worthy follow-up” The Fly

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