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Bat for Lashes: Two Suns (2009) June 1, 2009

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Bat for Lashes: Two Suns

There was a time when seeing someone called a new Kate Bush guaranteed I’d want to investigate the subject of the comparison. But in recent years, there have been too many disappointments. Take Joanna Newsom. Please.

So, I didn’t bother checking out Bat for Lashes until now. Bat for Lashes is British singer Natasha Khan, who’s been compared to Kate Bush and a few others I like. Turns out the comparison has some validity, and that I like Bat for Lashes. That’s not to say that Khan’s voice sounds much like Bush’s at all; instead, what they have in common is that they’re idiosyncratic, strong female creators of artsy but also catchy pop that covers a lot of stylistic ground and involves some creative use of electronics.

The variety in styles is made evident early on the album: English folk on “Sleep Alone,” gospel in “Peace of Mind,” Tori Amos piano-driven drama in “Moon and Moon” and “Siren Song”, a bit of Bjork here and there, maybe even a little Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks in “Daniel”… if there’s an obvious Kate Bush comparison to be made, it’s with her album Hounds of Love, which is experimental and stylistically diverse while also offering some of Bush’s most accessible pop hit songs. The beat-driven “Pearl’s Dream” is a little reminiscent of the likes of the song “Hounds of Love.” As for more recent points of comparison, there are songs here that would sound just right played alongside Goldfrapp’s Seventh Tree or M83’s Saturdays=Youth.

Evidently I’ll have to check out the first Bat for Lashes album, Fur and Gold. This is good music, and I’m glad I got around to trying it out, despite the hype.

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