LIGHTNING DUST – DIAMOND
For Fans of: Bat for Lashes, Grimes, Haerts, CHVRCHES,
BAT FOR LASHES – LILIES/OH YEAH
I was never a fan of the Two Suns‘s image of Natasha Khan. With its swing for the bleachers, Florence + the Machine-esque, eighties’ synth revival grandeur, far too many tracks felt gimmicky and insincere. The Haunted Man‘s Natasha Khan, on the other hand, is one that I can get behind. The music is cleaner, more sophisticated, and more mature. Gone are the glaring uses of eighties’ nostalgia, and present are the more timeless and fresh sounds of a singer-songwriter presenting nothing but herself (check out the cover for the album). Lilies and Oh Yeah are perfectly executed mellow tracks that are reminiscent of Annie Lennox at her best. It is a much welcomed transformation, and a definite sign of growth for Khan.
BAT FOR LASHES – LAURA
I didn’t side with most critics when they celebrated Bat for Lashes sophomore album Two Suns. For me, the song structures felt too busy, and the clear eighties nostalgia didn’t feel genuine. However, with this stripped down ballad Laura, the eighties connection is present, but in a more timeless fashion (sans keyboard synth). And with the lyrics about a once-famous lady caught in the past, Natasha Khan emotes in a more sincere fashion. Laura is a refreshing step away from the gimmicky eighties throwback, and step towards long-lasting songwriting.