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 » Live: Surfer Blood/The Drums at Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL - Remember when Weezer used to put together records that you could sing along to and rock out to? That's what Surfer Blood's show was like!
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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
»Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
»Robyn
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Lisbon
Fat Possum
Bat for Lashes
Two Suns
Astralwerks

Rating: 8/10 ?


July 8, 2009
If the otherworldly cover of Natasha Khan's sophomore release as Bat for Lashes hints at anything (besides a little graphic design prowess), it's that the British chanteuse has returned after two years with some fresh, divine teachings. With her aptly-titled backing band Blue Dreams, Khan has expanded on her 2007 debut Fur and Gold by creating a "destructive, self-absorbed" alter ego named Pearl, adding lush electronic elements and collaborating with the iconic Scott Walker and current beatsmiths Yeasayer.

The slightly pretentious concept, though, is balanced by the equally lavish music and specifically Khan's voice. The singer's enchanting, irresistible pipes are the focal point throughout Two Suns, whether she's dramatically crooning over Yeasayer's shuffling, tribal beats on opener "Glass," backed by a choir on the bluesy-gospel "Peace of Mind," or channeling her inner Stevie Nicks on the album's centerpiece "Daniel." Haunting, dark and insanely catchy, the song, like its accompanying, Karate Kid-honoring video, is a welcome trip back to the 1980s' new wave apex.

But the seductive dance alongside her mystical predecessors like Ms. Nicks and Kate Bush is tempered by Two Suns' odd, yet intriguing "The Big Sleep." Joining forces with Walker in the brief, Phantom of the Opera­-like finale, Khan's heavenward delivery is outmatched by her counterpart's doomy bellows and gothic ivory tickles. It's a fragile yet fitting end to a dreamy opus that'll just as easily bend the pop construct as it would fit in it.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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