Bat For Lashes is the moniker of singer-songwriter and multi-media artist Natasha Khan. She was born in Pakistan, has been a world traveler, and is English educated. While she was following her university degree in film and music, she started working on her first album, Fur and Gold.
Two Suns is her second album. It’s very reminiscent of artist like The Cure, Bjork, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The album’s first single, Daniel, is like taking The Cure’s A Forest and recording it through better equipment. If you think that’s a stretch, check her out covering the song.
With that being said and out of the way, I have enjoyed this album very, very much. Natasha Khan has a beautiful and haunting voice that works so well together with the overall icy cold and ethereal mood of Two Suns. In songs like Glass you can hear the Bjork-like voice experimentations. There’s a lot of word imagery, as the album cover suggests, of Old Testament Bible proportions, but it’s mostly love/breakup songs.
It’s actually a concept album about Khan’s alter ego, Pearl, going through “the philosophy of the self and duality, examining the need for both chaos and balance, for both love and pain, in addition to touching on metaphysical ideas concerning the connections between all existence.”
As a concept album it doesn’t hold up that well, but Two Suns is another great addition to your post-punk revivalists collection.