Remember Bjork's video for 'Human Behaviour' in which she wanders through a mystical forest? And Kate Bush dancing on the moors of Scotland for 'Wuthering Heights'? Well Natasha Khan's- aka Bat For Lashes- debut is what it would sound like if the two were to cross paths on their travels through enchanted woodland. A collection of spiritual, haunting and frequently brilliant songs about magic, beauty and wizards.
Now showcased at one of the most talked about performances of Glastonbury 2007, it's safe to say Fur and Gold will be reaching alot more ears. That can only be a good thing as this was an all-too underated highlight of 2006.
First thing's first, there is nothing particularly 'new-rave' about New Young Pony Club. Yes their music is very dance-able and yes they toured with Klaxons but if you had to list their influences you would start with 80s new wave as opposed to 90s rave. There's a definite hint of Blondie to them and this album certainly owes much to the B-52s, Human League and even The Waitresses but what brings this album to the future is most certainly Tahita Bulmer; the all-dancing Hoxton hair-cutted front-woman of the coolest pop (yes POP) band in the world.
All the sex of Karen O, the sophistication of PJ Harvey, the fun of Madonna, the ballsy strut of Missy and Debby Harry's ability to… Read more
Whether you own Funeral yet or not the chances are you'll have heard something about the Canadian chamber pop, gothic tinged, morbid psychos Arcade Fire by now. But few albums go further in justifying the hype than this one. I've owned it since March 2005 and that its glow shines brighter now than it did back then says something very special, this is one of the rare albums that gets better with every listen. Opening with the magical Tunnels, the band enter the listener straight into their odd gothic fairytale; filling the mind with dark and melancholic lyrics ('we tried to name our babies but we forgot all the names we used to know') and an underlying tragic tone before lifting into a… Read more