Tag Archives: Bat For Lashes

MySpace reveals ‘Eclipse’ Soundtrack Tracklisting (IN FULL)

Fans of the mega hit movie series ‘Twilight’ are going to be ecstatic this week. There are loads of surprises in store for the fans of the movie starring Kristen Steward, Brit actor Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. The soundtrack for the series has always been being much awaited by fans as it sports some of the best artists putting on their best music for the film. This year is quite special, MUSE will release the lead single off the album titled ‘Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)’ on May 17th.

The new soundtrack features new tracks from Brit Award winner Florence + The Machine, Australian pop icon Sia, a duet from Brits Beck and Bat For Lashes and American Indie Rockers Vampire Weekend among others.

After 7 hours, here are the official tracks included on the soundtrack:

1. Metric – “Eclipse (All Yours)”

2. Muse – “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)”

3. The Bravery – “Ours”

4. Florence + The Machine – “Heavy In Your Arms”

5. Sia – “My Love”

6. Fanfarlo – “Atlas”

7. The Black Keys – “Chop And Change”

8. The Dead Weather – “Rolling In On A Burning Tire”

9. Beck and Bat For Lashes – “Let’s Get Lost”

10. Vampire Weekend – “Jonathan Low”

11. UNKLE – “With You In My Head (featuring The Black Angels)”

12. Eastern Conference Champions – “A Million Miles An Hour”

13. Band Of Horses – “Life On Earth”

14. Cee-Lo Green – “What Part Of Forever”

15. Howard Shore – “Jacob’s Theme”#

A special episode of Twilight: Eclipse will air on Oprah today, May 13th followed by the sale of the movie tickets on May 14th.

1 Comment

Filed under Music News, Upcoming Albums

Album of the Week: Bat For Lashes – "Two Suns"

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get hold of this Brighton babe, Natasha Khan also known as the eponymous, “Bat For Lashes” until yesterday when I listened to her second LP, “Two Suns” heavily. It resulted me to perk up a review to release my thoughts about the highly critically acclaimed album.

After hearing her new single “Daniel”, I was curious enough to check out what would Natasha Khan offer to my hungry senses. After a massive struggle (not really), I was able to get familiar about what she sounded like and I was utterly speechless. It was odd compared to today’s pop music but it was definitely brilliant in myriad ways.

Getting nods on the elusive Mercury Prize for her first album, “Fur and Gold” released 2007 and Brit Award nomination as Best British Female. Getting these nods is a practical way to know Bat For Lashes. Although not selling quite well, being her debut LP not reaching the top 40 of the UK Albums Chart Natasha is still focused on producing a more impulsive yet depictive of her sound materials. It eventually resulted to the second LP, “Two Suns” which is somehow cultish but yet soft, sensual, and has an impressive poetically crafted lyrics.

“Two Suns” opens in a tribal instrument inspired piece “Glass” which seemed to be haunting opposed to a berceuse. With Natasha’s falsettos brooding into the chorus and the bridge of the song, it really seem haunted but not really horrifying to stop playing the CD and think it’s some kind of a requiem compilation or anything that seems to be “Possessed”. LOL.

“Sleeping Alone” isn’t quite as different with “Glass”. It still has the haunting feeling less with its definitive lyrics and impulsive beat warbling towards the end of the song. It’s subtle yet again impressive track that puts her a distinct flavour apart today’s chart topping pop stars.

Aside from being a little bit melancholic in tune, Natasha also can do a variety of things to her music. With an 80’s pop feel supporting her, she exquisitely sings “Daniel” with grace and appeal to a much bigger audience. “Daniel” starts in a slow lullaby-like anthem evolving into a danceable masterpiece. It’s not really “DANCE” as we call it now but it somehow incorporates a vintage disco feel that fits to the tastes of many pop fanatics.

“Siren Song” on the other hand, presents a teary-eyed anthem with assuring yet overwhelming lyrics “In the morning I’ll make you breakfast, I’ll always be happy to kiss you, I promise I’ll never get sad.” Natasha also has an enigmatic alter-ego called “Pearl” which she clearly announces with swagger in the dreamy yet cathartic “Pearl’s Dream”.

Natasha did a very good job in extending her musicality in terms of ingenuity and uncanny. Creating a wonderful symphony of ethereal, esoteric anthems that seem like unparalleled flourished with generosity of applying borderless craftsmanship. Having said all of those dark, somatic and seemingly bizarre use of tribal drums and mundane instruments, Natasha delivers the album with aplomb, zeal and enough enigma to leave us wondering and waiting for a more adventurous, courageous take of Natasha Khan (a.k.a) Bat For Lashes on her next material.

RELEASED: April 6, 2009

RATING:

STAND OUT TRACKS: “Daniel”, “Sleep Alone”, “Pearl’s Dream”

LISTEN To the lead single “Daniel”:

2 Comments

Filed under Album Reviews

Singles Reviews Round-Up: The Noisettes, White Lies, La Roux, and more…

The Noisettes – “Don’t Upset The Rhythm”

Hearing that this group, a London based group who emerged onto the live music scene a little or less than 5 years ago making the #2 spot in the UK Singles Charts, I was eagerly curious to hear them how they sound. It’s a tremendous effort to find their song because as you’ve heard they’re just preparing to release their debut LP. “Don’t Upset The Rhythm” is quite a delight, with all those beats such from vintage to pop, from rock to jazz. The track’s quite a mix of different music genres. With it’s infectious chant, “Go Baby Go” and all those “go” samples in the background it’s definitely chart pole position worthy, too bad GaGa is preventing their climb to the elusive #1 spot. Anyways, don’t forget to catch their single, “Don’t Upset The Rhythm” now available for download on iTunes.

RELEASE: March 23, 2009
RATING:

White Lies – “Farewell To The Fairground”

With an album released last January, London based indie group, White Lies already had a top 20 single “To Lose My Life”. They sound a little bit dark, with all those rock hype penetrating every bit of track on their debut LP. It’s quite appalling at first but then you’ll have to love them if you’re into the indie music scene. “Farewell To The Fairground” is again, dark with melancholic lyrics bulging out of the somehow a vintage rock edge. They’re definitely in but then something detests that statement. Rock is definitely in but we have to consider having a little bit of brightness in some way.

RELEASE: March 23, 2009
RATING:

La Roux – “In For The Kill”

Haven’t heard them? Well, you’re in for a treat. La Roux, an electropop duo based in London releases this new single “In For The Kill”. Alongside Blackpool new artist, Little Boots, La Roux is definitely another artist to watch out for this year. “In For The Kill” is a definite treat for those synth lovers. It’s a track filled with a pool of electronic beats, dance-floor filling rhythm and a nice falsetto voice providing a much more interesting catch to the electropop anthem. It’s massive yet subtle with a big edge in providing a new twist in 80’s pop synths. You just have to love them for what they’ve done. It’s an absolute worthy of your $1.00 or £0.69 in UK terms.

RELEASE: March 16, 2009
RATING:

Miley Cyrus – “The Climb”

After spawning such irritating hits such as “See You Again”, “Fly On The Wall” and the ridiculous “7 Things”, Miley Cyrus a.k.a Hannah Montana is back with another single. This time it’s quite impressive. It’s a serious ballad talking about climbing mountains and all those stuff related to improving one’s situation in life. It’s not that great but it could pass as an inspirational song for those avid fans of the “pop princess”. I agree that it might be a song written and changed with a bunch of titles that never made for recording. For the first time, Miley is being pragmatic and show s a little bit of true more emotion and struggle in her music. Believe it or not, it could really pass as an American Idol winner’s song. (DL)

RELEASE: February 21, 2009 (US), April 27, 2009 (UK)
RATING:

Bat For Lashes – “Daniel”

Having more and more critics raving for this Lass’ records, Bat For Lashes a.k.a. Natasha Khan is cultish in the pop music scene. Having her debut album spawn a Mercury Prize nod, Brit Awards nominations it quite failed to generate more listeners, with her CD peaking at a degrading #48 in the UK Albums Chart. Although quite indie, Bat For Lashes is indeed a true artist contemplating to the innovative world of the Pop Music Scene. “Daniel” is a squeaky clean track produced effortless with Natasha’s sultry vocals, it has this 70’s – 80’s feel in it with very innovative and undoubtedly crafty lyrics. It’s a definite treat for the senses. Relaxing but not scary, it’s an effortless effort that could bring her to national status. Hopefully, GaGa fans can appreciate this and buy the record in large amounts.

RELEASE: April 6, 2009
RATING:

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized