Bat For Lashes, London Luminaire

June 11, 2006

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‘Drink his blood and he’s our leader,’ sings Natasha Khan, luring the audience into her twilight dream world of horses, bears and moonflies. The Brighton-based singersongwriter has been compared to Cat Power, Bjork and Kate Bush, and has been stirring musical passions for the last 18 months. Following a triumphant gig with Devendra Banhart at All Tomorrow’s Parties in May, tonight she plays her first London headline gig. Accompanying herself on keyboard – sometimes a harpsichord, sometimes a plinky-plonk piano – she is joined by Abi Fry on viola and Ginger Lee on a mint-green bass. Khan whispers, beginning sweet and soft, then rages, singing of two lovers who have committed suicide in their car. Her voice soars across a fantastic range from angelic trill to deep purr. She casts her fairytale wanderings within a sphere of magical noises resulting in a darkly glittering soundscape. ‘I need some howls on this one because it’s about a forest over a sea,’ Khan instructs, and the room dutifully impersonates a forest of wolves. Some bouncy numbers would have cast welcome rays of light across the darkness but Khan has a mystical magic that’s distinctly her own.

Taken from The Observer Review, Page 19

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