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COORDINATES: WHERE THE STARS ARE AT - Charlotte Hatherley

Charlotte Hatherley Interview

Crud asks Charlotte Hatherley, Where's Your Head At? New album 'New Worlds' out now!

29/10/2009

If Crudmusic were at a party and Charlotte Hatherley were at that party too, we're fairly sure we wouldn't speak. We know our place. we've watched her at other parties over the years; in Ash, for instance, where her smouldering if somewhat static presence was in stark, liberating contrast to the overspill of male testosterone all around her. Which, incidentally, she tamed with ease. And on the current run of Bat For Lashes live shows where her steely, demure stance and impressive instrumental capability is an appropriate foil and undoubted enhancement to Natasha Khan's more free-willed, ethereal shtick. And over two solo albums she has perfected a deadly, sub-radar melodic offensive. This is not a habit she's about to break either. Her third lone endeavour 'New Worlds' is a quietly masterful welter of minimalist new-wave glistening in a dew of hazy harmonic awe. It's punchy but it doesn't hurt too much. It's derivative but never rests on its laurels and is only predictable in its consistency. We think we just saw pop music trying to crack on to her by the punch bowl in the kitchen, but although she's a tease, she never gives in to his advances. That would be too easy. In the same sense as it not being what you take off, but rather what you keep on, the small distance she keeps turns out to be what makes your hairs stand on end. And there's a lot of that. We caught up with her on the latest Bat For Lashes tour to find out where her head's at...

Where are you now? What can you see?
In a dressing room in Cardiff. I see grey walls and rider food.

What was the last thing you ate?
Vegetable Biryani for dinner and breakfast.

What was the last album you bought?
The last Marnie Stern record with the insanely long title, I think she's a genius.

What was the last movie you saw?
I saw 'Zombieland' and 'UP' in a double billing on my day off in Nottingham. Both excellent. 'Zombieland' very sweet and bloody with an excellent Bill Murray cameo. 'UP' made me cry like a small child.

What are you most looking forward to?
The Bat For Lashes gig tonight.

Who are you most indebted to?
David Bowie.

What was the last thing you liked that you saw on TV?
Criminal Justice, a 5 hour session on iplayer yesterday. It was so good.

Where or how do you feel most comfortable?
In bed. I've been on a tourbus all year.

What would you class as your most defining moment?
Probably meeting Tim Wheeler when I was 17

What are your plans for tonight?
Dinner, gig, drinks, drive...

www.charlottehatherley.com


on tour with Bat For Lahes ~ 16th April 2009 Brighton Corn Exchange

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