So after killing the new TWO SUNS cd I was pretty excited to see how the songs translate into a live performance. Starting pretty promptly at 8:30 in a packed Mod Club in downtown Toronto, the show began with the song that kicks off her cd, “Glass”. It’s got slow build, but as soon as the beat dropped, a collective shiver went through many in the audience, including moi. The Toronto audiences are notorious for holding onto their cool and responding to a performance with a stoic deadpan, but miss Natasha Kahn was able to give the crowd a little pulse in some of her more energetic songs like “Pearl’s Dream” (the total Kate Bush-y track) and “Two Planets” (the Bjork-y jam). She had a kick-ass drummer, and a really cool Tori Amos-esque backup vocalist/keyboardist (holler if you record your own record), alongside a pretty solid band that filled the night with atmosphere and did justice to her hour-and-a-half set. What really struck me (other than her exposed red bra…hot) was her ability to hop around to different instruments (autoharp, piano, guitar) with equal aplomb. This was the beginning of a North American tour for Bat For Lashes, and part of me feels she was slightly restrained… either to save her voice… maybe it’s her style… maybe it’s in response to the subdued Toronto audience… but I felt she was a note or two away from fully letting loose and letting go. I’m not complaining though.. especially when I wanted to yell out MARRY ME between her songs.
Pop Killah – British Invading pop since 2004
Did you ever have a crush on that real smart, quiet, artsy girl and wanted to impress her with a cool mixtape? Well try using the new BAT FOR LASHES album TWO SUNS instead. It’s like taking songs from Kate Bush’s HOUNDS OF LOVE, Bjork’s DEBUT, the Cocteau Twins’ BLUE CALENDAR CAFE and Tori Amos’ LITTLE EARTHQUAKES and mixing them together with the hopes that you will get to chill with cool artsy girl and maybe get to make out with her and talk deep intimate thoughts until the morning. BAT FOR LASHES, a pseudonym for artist NATASHA KAHN, is a haunting album of an artist coming into her own. While she has been compared to the above mentioned artists, she is definately her own musician with her own voice and a stupidly bright future with fans like M.I.A, BJORK and THOM YORKE singing her praises. The opening track GLASS is on repeat in my head, and SIREN SONG is killing me. Her first single DANIEL feels like a throwback and her accompanying video with weirdo dancers dancing around her while she remains somewhat unaffected make her feel as unattainable as that artsy girl that I would want to send that mixtape to, but chicken out in doing so. Sigh. I have tickets for the concert this weekend, and hopefully it will win me cool points with the girl i’m going with.
POP KILLAH crushing on that pop since 2004.
Oh, hello. We’ve got a couple reasons to be jubilant ’round these parts. One, (OBVIOUS) that we just launched this tarty new MuchMore site. Like it? Of course. Second source of dance-y joy comes from these three First Spins that will provide a soundtrack to our first week with a new look. Listen to them, enjoy them, deconstruct them, share them, listen to them again, and hey – you can’t even buy one of ‘em for another week. How’s that for a sneak peek…
Bat For Lashes – Two Suns (in stores April 7)
This UK export caught our eye with the amazing video for “What’s A Girl To Do” from her last album Fur And Gold. Since then, we’ve been loving her haunting themes, lush melodies and unique style. In Two Suns, apparently she takes on the persona “Pearl”, “a destructive, self-absorbed, blonde, femme fatale of a persona who acts as a direct foil to [BFL's] more mystical, desert-born spiritual self.” Listen now!
Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels (March 31)
This Canadian folk-rock band has released three full-lengths, an EP and a limited edition LP. Lost Channels, their fourth, features appearances by Serena Ryder, Bob Egan, Erin Aurich of A Northern Chorus and Paul Aucoin of Hylozoists and was named for a spot in the Thousand Islands (Ontario) where a reconnaissance boat from a British warship went missing in 1760. Listen Now!
Maria Taylor – LadyLuck (March 31)
Before going solo, Maria was a member of the duo Azure Ray as well as Now It’s Overhead. She plays every instrument known to man (more specifically: piano, guitar, drums) and has released three studio solo albums including this one. Listen Now!