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Bat For Lashes – The Bride Review 


The Bride is the fourth studio album for Natasha Khan a.k.a Bat For Lashes. She has shown herself to be an understated creative force in her intimate lyrics and tone and always delivered with a perceptively delicate tone that quivers to a higher point of power and graceful assertion. The music around these constants has matured over this time from the well arranged and intricate electro-pop to the bracing orchestral arrangements of her more recent efforts. There is has been no pressure and nothing to prove for her in the last four years. She now has the freedom to remind everyone just how good she is with The Bride. 

Sunday Love’ shows shades of her second album Two Suns from 2009 with its siren-like synths and sweeping, monotone sounds, but beyond that, the track contains an industrious energy with quick paced rhythms and a buzzing bass sound at the foundation of the song. Each transition of sound is rapid and clean and though it has a relentless feel to it, this is tempered by a modest production and by Khan’s highly wistful delivery, stringing the song together seamlessly. Joe’s Dream’ is a five minute ponderous swoon which places Natasha’s vocals on centre stage with quivering, yet consistent melodies. These are skilfully accentuated by well placed flash points of focus and moments of faded extension. The same refinement of the riff and the haunting backing vocals behind them all raise the song and spread it’s sound outward. In God’s House’ has limited aspects of dark electronica with the rotating, low chords beneath more lightweight effects. The progression from verse to chorus sees the arrangement range from dark to glimpses of light with the rising chords and Natasha’s ever strengthening falsetto. These sounds are transmitted in wistful intervals to make for a slightly haunting track.

With ‘I Do’ we’re given a simple and innocent track which features electronically-tinged harp strings and understated orchestral string sections menacingly sweeping in behind them. The song obviously is depicting the heady optimism of a wedding day and Khan’s porcelain-like vocals gracefully pick up the harmonies in isolation, as if we ever doubted her vocal prowess. A nice and neat track. ‘Honeymooning Alone’ has that classic theatrical tone with the echoed and isolated guitars and bass line which ring out through the empty spaces. Small synth chords, subtle backing vocals and the occasional harp string flutter sting the song along in an eerie and distant fashion. It is a brilliantly executed twist on a classic sound to become the haunting and atmospheric track that it is. ‘I Will Love Again’ is another journeying track with a simple drum beat and spaced out bass lines. From this arrives Khan’s wholesome and awesome harmonies. She captivates and controls the song from the moment she opens her mouth and from there the song builds around her and not the other way around. There are some tracks such as ‘Lands End’ which lean more on the simple and more rustic guitar work, but perhaps the tracks like this on the album meander and wonder too much without a successful destination, despite being strong in every technical area. The themes of loneliness and abandonment are ever-present throughout and Khan has presented this story in a wonderfully intriguing and effortless fashion. A more than solid effort from Bat For Lashes. 

Bat For Lashes – The Bride = 8/10

Owen Riddle

Single Review – Bat For Lashes – Joe’s Dream

The creative force of Natasha Khan continues to generate as she releases another single from her upcoming July 1st album The Bride with ‘Joe’s Dream’. The track is a five minute ponderous swoon which places Natasha’s vocals on centre stage with quivering, yet consistent melodies. These are skilfully accentuated by well placed flash points of focus and moments of faded extension. The same refinement of the riff and the haunting backing vocals behind them all raise the song and spread it’s sound outward. It looks like another strong album is on the way from Bat For Lashes and it would be far from a surprise from such a talented individual.

Owen Riddle

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Single Review – Bat For Lashes – Sunday Love

Natasha Khan has released another single from her impending July 1st album The Bride  with ‘Sunday Love’. The track shows shades of her second album Two Suns from 2009 with its siren-like synths and sweeping, monotone sounds, but beyond that, the track contains an industrious energy with quick paced rhythms and a buzzing bass sound at the foundation of the song. Each transition of sound is rapid and clean and though it has a relentless feel to it, this is tempered by a modest production and by Khan’s highly wistful delivery, stringing the song together seamlessly. Her fourth album looks to be another wonderfully intriguing prospect for one of the country’s great creative forces.

Owen Riddle

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Single Review – Bat For Lashes – In God’s House

Natasha Khan has released the title of her upcoming fourth album with The Bride which will be available on July 1st. Having already released a very simple tune, she has now turned to her first single-esque track with ‘In God’s House’. The track has limited aspects of dark electronica with the rotating, low chords beneath more lightweight effects. The progression from verse to chorus sees the arrangement range from dark to glimpses of light with the rising chords and Natasha’s ever strengthening falsetto. These sounds are transmitted in wistful intervals to make for a  slightly haunting track.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Bat For Lashes – I Do

The multi-talented Natasha Khan is back making music for her first album as Bat For Lashes since 2012. The follow-up to The Haunted Man is said to linked thematically to a feature film she has been working on, but this remains to be seen. With ‘I Do’ we’re simply told to save the date of July 1st. The simple and innocent track features electronically-tinged harp strings and understated orchestral string sections menacingly sweeping in behind them. The song obviously is depicting the heady optimism of a wedding day and Khan’s porcelain-like vocals gracefully pick up the harmonies in isolation, as if we ever doubter her vocal prowess. A nice little track, but she’s giving nothing away with this one.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Sunday Suggestion – Bat For Lashes – Daniel

Bat For Lashes or Natasha Khan has been a real driving force behind creative, innovative and darker pop music; taking away a lot of the stigma it had gathered after by the late 90’s and through into the 21st century. Her songs have always been known to have eerie or powerful feels and statements with lyrics that are far more captivating than a vast amount of ‘lazy’ pop music. ‘Daniel’ is a great example of it. From her 2009 album Two Suns, it is one of her most popular tracks from what was a year of great music. The track opens with wiry violins that evoke more natural and narrative tones that are offset by the snap of the electronic drum beat along with the lapping synths and guitars. Natasha’s vocals reverberate and echo around themselves in that wistful and airy fashion in the verses whilst having a slight peak of urgency and power which she can deliver with ease, but she just as easily lull the song back into it’s verses. The song is evocative of the lyrics of fear and needing someone there and this is enhanced further by her vocal performance. A pop song that has meaning and a profound reflection of a feeling or emotion, but still has that snapping rhythm and beat.

Single Review – Bat For Lashes – Skin Song

Bat For Lashes Shares

Following on from 2012’s The Haunted Man; Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes is working on her fourth studio album, but for now she is releasing a new single called ‘Skin Song’. It is a contribution to a project entitled Body of Songs which explores how medicine and anatomy can inspire music. The song opens in a forlorn, whirring fashion with muted synth overtones and jagged distorted guitars in the background. It’s a song with a gloomy instrumental flow and rotation from which Khan’s vocals soar through like she does so effortlessly. The muted and misty set up is set up perfectly for her vocal to deliver nostalgic lyrics. She can do this type of track in her sleep.

 https://soundcloud.com/bodyofsongs/skin-song-bat-for-lashes

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