I have a confession to make: I haven't stopped listening to the new Bat For Lashes (AKA Natasha Khan) album, Two Suns, since it arrived at the office a few weeks ago. While I liked parts of Khan's first LP, Fur and Gold, I just couldn't fully commit. I always felt like I was working too hard to enjoy something that just wasn't made for me -- kind of like the majority of the men I dated in my early 20s.
But Two Suns wormed its way into my ears and heart from the second I hit play. Pitchfork.com, which released the stunning cover art for Two Suns today, explains that the new album is "a conceptual affair that pits Khan against a blonde alter ego named Pearl and that the record features Scott Walker and Yeasayer." It reminds me of a cross between Kate Bush's The Sensual World, Sarah Mclachlan's Touch, and Lisa Germano's Lullaby For Liquid Pig. If none of that means anything to you imagine a drum machine pitter pattering away at a Renaissance fair (a real one from hundreds of years ago -- not the one serving up Turkey Legs and geeks in green tights that you went to last summer with cousin Ricky) -- it's epic, nostalgic, dreamy, and current all at once.
You can get acquainted with the new album by checking out the following film shot at Joshua Tree National Park featuring Khan frolicking while snippets from Two Suns play. And then get thee to a record store (or the nearest computer) to get purchase the LP when it becomes available on April 6.
-- NOAH MICHELSON
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