Two Suns

Two Suns
Composer: Bat for Lashes
Conductor: Bat for Lashes
Label: Astralwerks
Release Date: 2009-04-29
Rated: NONE
Genre: Recording

I’m not sure why, but when confronted with a wholly unique, genre-busting, 21st-century sound, the default formula for describing it is to compare it to stuff we’ve already heard. So, yeah, Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes) kinda sounds like PJ Harvey + Tori Amos x Björk2 — but sophomore effort Two Suns is more than the sum of its influences.

Both intimate and sprawling, Suns effortlessly marries world rhythms, laptop-tronica, and good-ol’-fashioned piano balladry into an oddly compelling work held together by Khan’s magnetic, haunting vocals. Sure, Khan is prone to fits of hippie-dippiness (propulsive opener “Glass” references crystal towers, emerald cities, and a knight in crystal armor in less than 30 seconds), but she’s pop-culture savvy, too: The Karate Kid-inspired “Daniel” totally sweeps the leg of Peter Cetera’s sap-fest “Glory of Love.”

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