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Bat for Lashes / October and November 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 28th August 2012 at 9:30 am
 

Already having made a splash on her return with a much talked about controversial album cover, Bat for Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) has announced plans to tour the UK in October and November. The first London HMV Forum show on the 29th of October is already sold out, but all the other shows, including a second London show, are on sale now.

Thursday 18th October 2012 – Inverness Ironworks
Friday 19th October 2012 – Edinburgh Picture House
Sunday 21st October 2012 – Glasgow O2 ABC
Monday 22nd October 2012 – Manchester Cathedral
Tuesday 23th October 2012 – Manchester Cathedral
Thursday 25th October 2012 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Friday 26th October 2012 – Norwich University of East Anglia
Sunday 28th October 2012 – Leicester O2 Academy
Monday 29th October 2012 – London HMV Forum (sold out)
Tuesday 30th October 2012 – London HMV Forum
Thursday 1st November 2012 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Friday 2nd November 2012 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Saturday 3rd November 2012 – Portsmouth Pyramids
Sunday 4th November 2012 – Brighton Dome

 

Video of the Moment #907: Bat for Lashes

 
By on Monday, 30th July 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Natasha Khan, aka Bat for Lashes, returned to the British music scene last week with the huge buzz surrounding her posing topless and carrying a man on her shoulders for her new album cover, it’s almost as if the first song released ‘Laura’ got lost in the shuffle. Thankfully, she’s clothed in the promo for it. Watch it below. Will her new album be nominated for a Mercury Prize again? We’ll have to see. Lyrically, this song reminded me of the Killers‘ ‘Andy, You’re a Star’.



 

Album Review: Various Artists – The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack

 
By on Tuesday, 15th June 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Against my better judgement and as hard as I tried to resist, I have to admit that I am a Twilight fan. What drew me in to the books was the first movie, and one of the reasons I liked it so much was the fantastic soundtrack. The Twilight series always manages to get some amazing bands on their soundtracks, many of whom write original songs, and they integrate them seamlessly into the films. And while I can’t speak for how well it will fit with the tone of the film (it isn’t released in America until 30th June and in England until 9th July), the soundtrack for ‘Eclipse’ is certainly as good as the last two.

You can’t review a Twilight soundtrack without mentioning Muse. They have contributed a song to each of the three Twilight soundtracks, which is not surprising, as they’re author Stephenie Meyer’s favorite band, but of the three, this is probably my least favorite. In general, I agree with US Editor Mary’s review of it: that it’s good, but it’s a bit cheesy – it’s definitely a grower.

TGTF favorites Metric open the album with their track ‘Eclipse (All Yours),’ and it’s a great way to begin. Vocalist Emily Haines hits gorgeous high notes in the chorus — “Now I’m all yours / I’m not afraid, I’m yours” — channeling the voice of protagonist Bella Swan. Working with film composer Howard Shore, they created a great song, but it’s missing a bit of the intensity and attitude that I’m used to from the Canadian indie-rockers. Another standout track comes from Florence and the Machine, with the track ‘Heavy in Your Arms’. As usual, it’s the stunning vocals that really make this dark, intense song, with Flo going from more reserved singing in the verses to really belting it out in the chorus: “I’m so heavy, heavy, heavy in your arms.” Florence and her machine may be better-known, but soulful Australian popstress Sia gives her a run for her money with her gorgeous, haunting vocals on ‘My Love.’

One band set to gain a lot of popularity from their inclusion on the soundtrack is Fanfarlo, who TGTF interviewed back in December. They contributed the folksy ‘Atlas,’ which you can see a stripped-down acoustic version of below. The song has a much lighter, more carefree feel than the majority of the album and the vocals are flawless. Adding to the slew of great female vocalists is Bat for Lashes‘s Natasha Khan, who collaborated with Beck on the hypnotic and haunting ‘Let’s Get Lost,’ with Khan taking the lead vocals and Beck providing the backing vocals and synth.

Not to be outdone, the male-led bands also contribute a dizzying array of fantastic music. While Muse held the rock mantle on the first soundtrack with ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ and shared it with Band of Horses on the ‘New Moon’ soundtrack, this time the honor goes to blues-rock duo The Black Keys with their song ‘Chop and Change.’ It’s raw and gritty with a great guitar riff, and everything you’d expect from the Akron, Ohio band. Indie darlings Vampire Weekend are perhaps the most appropriately named of all the bands on the soundtrack, and their song, ‘Jonathan Low,’ is unsurprisingly one of the most upbeat. Recorded towards the end of last year, it’s a bit different from what you might expect from Vampire Weekend’s recent material and is richly orchestrated, with a 12-string guitar part played by Rostam Batmanglij.

A somewhat surprising inclusion is British electro duo UNKLE, whose song ‘With You in My Head’ featuring The Black Angels is at once catchy and mysterious, dance-able and ethereal. Providing a bit of Americana is Band of Horses, who admittedly “don’t know crap about [Twilight]” but think “they put really really cool soundtracks together”. An outtake from the band’s most recent album, ‘Infinite Arms,’  ‘Life on Earth’ is slow and relaxing and has absolutely gorgeous vocal harmonies. And rounding out the album in spectacular fashion is Cee Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley with the upbeat and soulful ‘What Part of Forever.’

Even if you can’t stand the Twilight Saga, do me a favour and go buy this album. If you like the bands we cover on TGTF, chances are you’ll love it – hell, half of them are on the soundtrack!

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Video of the Moment #137: Bat for Lashes

 
By on Friday, 18th September 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

Bat for Lashes, better known as Natasha Khan, was recently nominated for the Mercury Prize for the second time running. Legions of fans worldwide can’t be wrong. Here is her video for ‘Sleep Alone’, the third single from her album ‘Two Suns’. The drums provide a Native American vibe – more groovy than new age-y. Just as the two promo videos for the previous two singles (‘Daniel’ and ‘Pearl’s Dream’) it’s abstract and concept-driven at the same time. Have at it.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1vtr9fXdg8[/youtube]

 

Album Review: Bat for Lashes – Two Suns

 
By on Tuesday, 28th April 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

Bat For Lashes (album cover)Bat for Lashes is the rather odd pseudonym belonging to Miss. Natasha Khan, a fairytale songstress from Brighton who counts Radiohead and M.I.A amongst her array of fans. In 2007, Khan gained a Mercury Music Prize nomination for her debut album, ‘Fur and Gold’, a mystical record which detailed everything from wizard’s blood to galloping horses.

I’m happy to say that Bat for Lashes’ second record, ‘Two Suns’ – described as a recipe of “modern-day fables exploring dualities on a number of levels – two lovers, two planets, two sides of a personality” – is as similarly magical as said debut.

From the exotic instrumentation on captivating album-opener ‘Glass’ to the dreamy vocals evident on tracks like ‘Moon and Moon’, ‘Two Suns’ picks up it’s listener and drops them into a misty musical world that brims with wizardly enchantment.

‘Daniel’, Bat for Lashes’ current single, is a beautifully ambient number, bounding with trippy synths and appropriately colourful lyrics “And when the fires came/The smell of cinders and rain/Perfumed almost everything/We laughed and laughed and laughed”. Meanwhile, ‘Pearl’s Dream’ – titled after Khan’s “destructive, self-absorbed, blonde, femme fatale ” alter-ego – showcases 80s-esque electro beats that are beautifully coated by Khan’s trademark spiritual sound.

‘Siren Song’ and ‘Good Love’ are perfectly pure ambience, while the epic ‘Travelling Woman’ is an expressive and incredibly moving Kate Bush stylee ballad that very nearly steals the show.

The album comes to a close with ‘The Big Sleep’. This beautiful, yet tragic song showcases a fleeting duet between Natasha and 60s legend Scott Walker, his voice briefly peeping through the dramatic piano and Khan’s haunting wails of “and already my voice is fading/goodbye my dear”.

This CD is a truly magical experience from start to finish. Following on from her Mercury Music Prize nomination 2 years ago, Khan has come back strong – with a record that shall astound and inspire to boot.

‘Two Suns’ is out now. You can own the CD now for just £7.98 over on Amazon.

 

Bat For Lashes / April 2009 UK tour

 
By on Tuesday, 9th December 2008 at 10:16 am
 

The gorgeous and very talented Bat For Lashes (otherwise known as Natasha Khan) has announced a string of date for next April around the UK.

The former Mercury nominee, this is her first tour in support of her second album, which is expected to be out in early 2009.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (12th December) at 9am for all dates.

Catch Natasha at:

Tuesday 7th April 2009 – Manchester Ritz
Thursday 9th April 2009 – Newcastle Northumbria University
Saturday 11th April 2009 – Leeds Met University
Sunday 12th April 2009 – Birmingham Town Hall
Monday 13th April 2009 – Oxford Regal
Wednesday 15th April 2009 – Bristol Anson Rooms
Thursday 16th April 2009 – Brighton Corn Exchange
Friday 17th April 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

 
 
 

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