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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.