Natasha Khan will bring her latest, fourth album, ‘The Bride’, to End of the Road on September 3rd. There aren’t any happy endings, though. Spoiler: her husband-to-be dies on his way to the church. Directly after Bat For Lashes’ Saturday night headline set we’re going to throw her a wedding reception all the same, at the festival’s Pirate Ship stage. Don’t look at it as insensitive opportunism; consider it effective consolation via the music of Simple Minds and David Bowie.
For now, here’s Natasha’s playlist for any bride going through the same trauma (god forbid), or, worse, anyone who has to attend another wedding alone this summer.
The Carpenters – We’ve Only Just Begun
We’ve been covering this one live and we’ve turned it into a really sad, dark, really slow minor version. It’s such a beautiful song that’s so full of hope, idealism and naivety. It’s just so high up there in terms of wishing something could be beautiful and all about the future. To me it has this slightly scary undertone of perfection always going wrong. Karen Carpenter’s voice always breaks my heart. She talks about ‘white lace and promises.’ I thought it was a really great wedding song with a slight undertone of ‘can it be this perfect?’