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apparently she's back?
i like her
Wasn't as taken with The Haunted Man as the first two, but still very eager to hear more.
perfect run of albums so far - played The Haunted Man religiously in during my last months living in Cornwall
can't think of many mainstream-ish alt British acts who have had a solid hat-trick of albums
yeah. Two Suns seems to get better with age too.
asked her to turn down the bass/general volume on the last album. All the moments that should be big, should blow you away, don't quite do it. here's hoping for the next record that there are no such impediments
The production on it was odd. Like they were polished demos or something. The songs were all there, but it some how just felt a little lacking.
but still excited
for the billionth time. So, so excited for this new album - if it is an album - which it probably is.
Great singer; never really bothered much with her beyond that album. Worth re-visiting?
I was obsessed with Fur & Gold. I think I saw her a similar amount of times. Two Suns is very much worth spending some time with. Exceptional stuff.
Think it was for an advert or summat a while back.
Thought I had a SCOOP there :(
and will be refreshingly loud and weird
a TBC set at GreenMan this weekend.
but found the 1st 2 albums very patchy. Didn't bother listening to the last album, I should have really because I think 'Laura' is arguably her best song. Saw her at Electric Picnic in about 2006/7 and walked out (hadn't heard of her at the time and it was early on the Sunday, I wasn't in the best of shape mind) and on the 2 suns tour where, surprisingly, she blew me away. I'm going to give that last album a spin today.
Snippets sound dead good, hoping it'll be a bit more off the wall
but then The Haunted Man was trumpeted in a similar way: the album cover was seen as stark and brave, and word was the music would follow suit, but in the end it was (I think) her most conventional record. Calling an album Sex Witch and releasing some suggestive snippets and imagery is only half the battle - I sometimes feel that BFL wants to be Bjork, but doesn't quite have the same emotional bravery (or record company support). Maybe this time, though...
A band rather than a BFL album name.
And first song released: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js-J2qqXDWc
Kind of what I was expecting to get from the clips, but dead enjoying it none the less. Nicely wig-out.
But bloody hell, this is ace news.
Her new solo album project sounds less promising. A bit of a high-concept situation, perhaps, in which the music gets lost behind all the other stuff
"Pitchfork: You’ve already written the next Bat For Lashes album, right?
NK: Hopefully it’ll be out in spring, yeah. It’s a big undertaking because thematically it’s very linked to a feature [film] that I’m writing at the moment. It has a story and I’m really excited! It’s going to be really good. But because I’ve done this, I feel like I might do a few more sessions and play some of the songs live a bit more, incorporate that into the recording—I haven’t done the final stage of recording yet.
Pitchfork: And you have a short film coming too?
NK: MTV got six short filmmakers, compiled the six shorts into a feature. I think it’s called Madly—they’re all on themes of love. Mine is a 15-minute short story: It’s about a bride, the morning of her wedding, being disturbed by subterranean weird feelings, message and signs. On the way to her wedding, something really crazy happens, and you’re left wondering whether she’s gonna go through with it. It’s all about redemption of grief, putting ghosts to bed before you can move into a fully committed relationship. It’s very countryside, weird, English, surreal."
I realise now that i was being unnecessarily cynical: this next album could be brilliant.
(I'm boldly predicting things here)
take it to the ama thread and i will answer you
Tent was half empty after three songs. A lot of noise and very little substance.
I think the remaining songs are far stronger than the ones they previewed originally. Kassidat El Hakka in particular is top. Kinda gutted I skipped buying tickets for the XOYO show now actually.
the translated lyrics seem comic
and hadn't heard any tracks. Should be a good gig.
An excellent gig. The album is good but they were far better live.
thought it was incredible. i know they didn't have anymore songs but i could have quite easily watched the same show all over again.
Charmingly low key gig, and a big fan of the no phones policy. Hard to judge the new stuff from a cold run through, but the common narrative that runs through the songs is certainly interesting. Also enjoyed the tweaked arrangements of the older stuff they/she played for the encore...
new album sounds excellent
Production on this latest one is lovely, feels very Twin Peaks. Excited to see how it hangs together from start to finish.
see it's an album that'll take a few listens to. I'm seeing her at Rough Trade East on Monday. Anyone else going?
Certainly prefer it to the last one though, doesn't sound nearly as sterile
but can't seem to get through this. I get bored about midway through. The story she tells hardly seems a gripping one. Just about to try again, but think this may be her first album I don't buy
captures it well: "And yet for all this effort the album itself is at times curiously empty, both overblown and underwhelming, with loads of smoke but not much atmosphere"
and its all very sweet, but just doesn't hold my attention. Could someone take the energy of Sexwitch and mash it with the soporificness of this to make a decent Bat for Lashes album
Can't get on with it. It's a bit dress up. I don't buy into the concept, which is a problem, it isn't massively compelling. Lot's of very samey, slow paced dirges