Haunted Man [VINYL] Import
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Haunted Man opens with 'Lillies', a song that draws from the same conceptual well as Goldfrapp's Felt Mountain. Khan's ethereal voice hovers above disjointed electronic beats and warm synths that seem to swoop from the sparseness and fragility of the verse to a lush chorus of exquisitely detailed instrumentation.
'All Your Gold' and 'Horses of the Sun' are both songs whose foundation is in percussive rhythms rather than melodic patterns. All Your Gold takes its lead from Egyptian cadence, with its plucked guitar notes and clinking bottles emulating the sense of intense urgency you would find in some of PJ Harvey's bluesier numbers. Horses in the Sun is built around deep syncopated Dhol drums, electronic jitters and backing vocals delivered in an Arabic magam. There is an uneasy and restless quality to this song that harkens back, at least conceptually, to some of the stranger tracks on Fur and Gold.
'Oh Yeah' takes a leaf out of M83's playbook with its epic electronic soundscape dripping with layers of sampled choirs, trip-hop beats and gorgeous twinkling pianos. What is striking about this song is how crisp the production is: with a sound so echoic and vast, it's remarkable that the individual instruments don't get washed away in torrents of reverb.
'Laura' sounds like every angsty-girl-with-a-piano ballad that one could care to hear and seems somewhat at odds with the rest of the songs on the album.Read more ›
The lyrics are more meaningful, heartfelt and deep whilst the music is more multi-layered and richer.
I am happy to say that I say Bat For Lashes live and Natasha's voice is simply amazing, despite the layers of music threatening to overwhelm the vocals she can really blast out the notes.
For the first time in a Bat For Lashes album there is an included lyric sheet which to me is essential, her lyrics are very poetic and are worthy of reading and absorbing.
What attracts to me to Bat For Lashes, apart from the standout lyrics, singing and music is the fact that Natasha Khan is a person of dignity, she attracts fans through her formidable talent, she does not need to be 'papped' falling out of a taxi or lying drunk in a gutter.
A woman of rare integrity in these celebrity obsessed times and a band of unparalleled skill and depth who are worth watching.
So, well, if you've played Two Suns a hundred times (I have), you may enjoy this even more.
(Oh, and I just love the cover photo to bits. Sadly, the booklet doesn't reveal what happened next - surely she can't have carried that bloke around forever?)
It is an ALBUM and to sit with it from beginning to end provides a real journey for the listener.
Bat For Lashes has outgrown any comparison to artists past.
Bushims are there if you really want to look for them, but Kate pretty much did it all between 1978 and 1989. Her impeccable work is forever going to be a benchmark for a certain type of female artist... just as The Beatles have been for nearly all bands, The Rolling Stones are for a certain kind of rock band, Bob Dylan for protest singers or singer/songwriters, Black Sabbath are for metal bands, Elton John is for piano playing solo artist, and so on.
The trick is to take what inspires you and rise above it, and take it further. Bat For Lashes has done this. Glorious.
If you like Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Goldfrapp, Moloko, Clannad, Enya, Ladytron or retro 80's electropop like New Musik, The Buggles or Sinead O'Connor you will love this.
I came across this artist completely by accident very recently having not heard her previous two albums and was immediately blown away - all three of her releases are ethereal, haunting, astonishing and her fourth album The Bride is out in July.
I can hardly wait.
A mind blowing, astonishing and haunting experience.
Five Stars a definite must buy.
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First-I am in love with Natasha Khan for the music magic she has created on her first 2 albums.
And then this album came.
played it. played it and played it. Read more
Sometimes I wonder where some artists pick their names from. Bat For Lashes may sound quite strange, reminding me of Bowling For Soup for the silliness of the name, although their... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear