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It’s kind of shameful to admit but, for many ladies, the allure of a singer/songwriter is the musical promise that someone out there can and will speak to our very soul, peer into our heart and love us like we’ve seen in films and read about in weepy novels. Someone can hold us gently with just the lyrics on their lips, and they won’t muck it up with a gassy burp, prolonged glance at a Tecate girl, or grouchy man moment.
But let’s face it. Some singer/songwriter douchbags neg on the promise, and you realize that when they were talking about your body being a wonderland, they weren’t really talking about you; they meant every groupie and her mom, plus every tabloid-friendly celebrity they could get their grubby little hands on. Ew.
Gabe Bondoc doesn’t seem like an empty promise guy, though. He actually appears to be a real sweetheart, and whispers those soft secrets with a most ticklish, velvety voice, all the while working those animated cheek dimples and angel-perfect mug. Beloved on YouTube for both silly cover songs (like “Part of Your World” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid or N*Sync’s “It’s Gonna Be Me”) and original compositions, Gabe is a lighthearted dreamboat.
And a gentleman:
…so much so that we wish we were in a movie right now, so we could melt in his dreamy arms.
Lord knows I’m weak for a beautiful girl with a dark, textured, dreamy, lilting set of chords. And so I am in love with Bat for Lashes (real name: Natasha Khan), a Pashtun-English songbird whose tracks have been tickling ears publicly since 2006.
Khan has consistently offered songs that unfold like meandering mural paintings or ephemeral dreams, from the debut single, “The Wizard,” to an ethereal, gypsy cover of The Cure classic “A Forest.” There’s something very Cocteau Twins-meets-Cat Power about it all that’s totally satisfying, familiar, and modern.
Her new album, Two Sons, which features collaborations with Scott Walker and Yeasayer, is due for release next month and available for pre-order on Amazon. In the meantime, listen to the LP’s first single, “Daniel,” on MySpace.
Last night, while celebrating the publication of Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music in lovely, oft-ignored Downtown LA, Christine Balance (shown rocking her accordian above) made a five-minute case for the pop listener’s re-contextualization of The Breeders’ vintage strummer, “Drivin’ on 9.” As she broke down her deep and sincere love for Kim Deal, I fell a bit in love with Balance–and was delighted to hear the shameless plug for her sweet isle-indie new wave band The Jack Lords.
Let their gentle ocean tunes take you away! And then listen again.