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    Bat for Lashes impresses with soundscapes on Two Suns

    Adam Spektor

    Issue date: 4/17/09 Section: Focus
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    Natasha Khan, who goes by the professional moniker Bat for Lashes, begins her sophomore album, Two Suns, by claiming, "I will rise now."

    Throughout that opening track, "Glass," Khan's reverb-drenched, translucent vocals resonate while the music builds in layers of strings, synths, and tribal percussion. Just as she says that she will rise, the music follows suit, and as she reaches the end of the chorus, "Tonight, tonight, tonight, we ride," the music takes off.

    With 2006's debut Fur and Gold, Khan established herself as a growing force in indie music, gaining critical acclaim with her trained, ethereal voice and knack for dark and gorgeous arrangements and soundscapes. She is caught somewhere in between the poetry and whimsy of Kate Bush and the emotional delivery and modern textures of Björk, and, if anything, Two Suns proves that Bat for Lashes may someday be as vital an act as those artists. Khan's power is evident in several key tracks, perhaps most notably in the aforementioned lead-off track, "Glass," as brilliant a mission statement as she can make.

    Amid tom-tom thuds, her voice soars in its highest register, moody yet still subdued, and never overbearing. The energy that bounds throughout the album's more up-tempo tracks, featuring members of Yeasayer, can be characterized into two types of songs.

    The first is marked by more abstract elements, with looser melodies, driven by the propulsive tribal percussion. The gospel-inspired "Peace of Mind," and truly Björk-esque "Two Planets" fall into this category and are among the album's most intense moments.

    Likewise, other songs are held together by more traditional melodies, and pulsating, metered rhythms. The synth-pop highlight "Daniel," as well as the somber "Sleep Alone," where Khan sings a tragic chant of "Lonely, lonely, lonely," over a strangely strut-able beat, mark the second category. Both groups of song provide contrast while maintaining a subtle energy.
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