Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The wreath of Khan
Today, Bat for Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) was nominated on the short list for Britain's prestigious Mercury Music Prize for her rightfully acclaimed "Two Suns" album. (Khan's debut, "Fur and Gold" was a 2007 nominee.) So far, pundits are talking her up as the front runner in a field that includes Kasabian, The Horrors, La Roux, and Florence and the Machine (the nominee to seek out is The Invisible, a band that has frequently been compared to TV On the Radio, but their eponymous debut should transcend comparisons to "The Return to Cookie Mountain" and "Dear Science"). Bat for Lashes is prediction to win the prize.
Here's my review of her recent gig in Los Angeles, which ran in Pop Matters. And, if you've not heard her exquisite voice, check out her performance on Letterman below.
Here's the music video for the first single off the previous Bat for Lashes album -- one of the cleverest videos I've ever seen (watch and see what happens in this one-take video):