Monday, February 14, 2011

Bat For Lashes - Two Suns

I had seen this band live in my hometown and they reminded me of a more ethnic Bjork-meets-cabaret wonderland. I enjoyed their performance and this album is the most polished i would go in terms of indie pop, since indie pop is no particular interest of mine. 

Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, incorporates and adopts varied melodies and instruments as used by the Indian community. She makes quirky, attention-grabbing music, counts Scott Walker, Björk and Thom Yorke as fans, designs her own sets and costumes and has collaborated with Alexander McQueen on clothing.  

Bat for Lashes first appeared on the musical horizon in 2006. In a British music scene blighted by a quagmire of blokeish indie bands such as Razorlight and the Kooks, Khan offered an appealingly enigmatic alternative. Soon afterwards she was likened to pop-esotericists Kate Bush and Björk: the latter described her as 'brilliant' following an early performance in London. Khan's debut album, Fur and Gold, which had a haunting, celestial beauty, was an immediate success with the critics, with Radiohead's Thom Yorke likening it to Grimm's Fairy Tales. Glastonbury followed, with Khan performing in the Indian headdress that was to become her trademark. But it was her Mercury Prize nomination in 2007 (Khan was outside favourite to take the prize ahead of Amy Winehouse and the eventual winners, the Klaxons), in addition to her two Brit Award nominations for Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Female last year that brought her to the attention of a wider audience.

1. Glass
2. Sleep Alone
3. Moon And Moon
4. Daniel
5. Peace Of Mind
6. Siren Song
7. Pearl's Dream
8. Good Love
9. Two Planets
10. Travelling Woman
11. The Big Sleep


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