Bat For Lashes Brings ‘The Bride’ To L.A.’s Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Mike Wass | April 21, 2016 7:53 pm
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Bat For Lashes debuted songs from upcoming 4th LP, The Bride, at Los Angeles’ Immanuel Presbyterian Church last night (April 20). A place of worship isn’t your typical concert venue, but the candlelit location couldn’t have been more perfect for the Brit’s brutal tale of love, loss and transcendence. You see, the 36-year-old’s latest is a concept album about a bride-to-be that finds out her lover has died on the day of their wedding.

Natasha Khan (her real name) brought the story to life by walking down the aisle in a blood red bridal gown and black veil. She then made her way to the alter/makeshift stage and serenaded the congregation with a ghostly rendition of “I Do.” That was followed by more haunting cuts from the album, most notably “In God’s House.” However, it wasn’t all gloom and heartbreak. “Sunday Love” is an upbeat synth-pop number, while “Close Encounters” is a different kind of ballad. “This song’s about making love to someone on the other side,” Bat For Lashes cheerfully announced.

After introducing us to The Bride (due July 1), the alt-pop singer dusted off a couple of old favorites and an unexpected cover. She nailed The Haunted Man lead single “Laura” and wound things up with a stripped-back, orchestral version of “Daniel.” The highlight? Her chillingly beautiful interpretation of The Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun.” Click through pics of the brilliant set up top.

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