16
Feb
09

The Pakastani Princess Brings Us Two Suns!

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Sometimes my shallowness helps me to discover new music.  Back in ’07, there was a rather attractive Pakastani born, yet U.K. bred songstress in a video with bikes.  I watched the video solely to catch more of her in action.  And by action, I mean her peddling a bike – this dark, chamber pop songwriter is Natasha Khan, or better known as Bat for Lashes.  Besides being easy on the eyes and knowing her way around a two-wheeler, she concocts haunting, minimalist songs you can lose yourself in. As always, with female composers, the usual comparisons are quickly thrown out: Sinead O’Connor, Bjork, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, amongst other females.  None of those are far off.  Natasha transcends those predecessors of hers though and brings fresh elements to the table. On Fur and Gold, she opted for keys and light strings to accompany most songs, but on her forthcoming record, Two Suns, she ups her game with percussion to build suspense and vocals that soar over each stirring arrangement.

Besides “Glass” and “Siren Song” from her forthcoming LP, you can sample a live rendition of “Moon and Moon” – which is Tori Amosesque.  Live though, I don’t think Amos opts for female harmonies.

If Bat for Lashes’ previous LP didn’t put Natasha on the map, then when Two Suns is unleashed in April, you are bound to hear a lot more from this talented multi-instrumentalist. Incredible comes to mind…

Bat for Lashes :: Glass

Bat for Lashes :: Siren Song

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