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Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Released: April 6, 2009
“Indie pop” sounds like an oxymoron, but Bat For Lashes weaves a magical musical tapestry that defies any other description. Not only is Two Suns indie pop, it’s a concept album that works in layers more than as a literal translation of a linear story from track to track. Though I’m calling it pop, it’s pregnant with lush instrumentation that brings the songs to life.
Exploring dualities in fable-song form, she presents an alter ego in the form of Pearl, who plays foil to her Bat For Lashes persona. Two Suns takes you to a world of princesses and dragons and castles and large bodies of water between warring kingdoms. You feel like one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men stopping in the forest to take in the Folk Fairie’s rave.
“Daniel” hauntingly calls out to a soulmate-lover-savior and harkens back to the ’80s. It’s a synth ice-cream-dream with a juxtaposition of beats in foreground and background that commingle flawlessly. ”Pearl’s Dream” is a mesmerizing ode with a funky beat. It’s simple yet clever sing-song double-meaning lyrics make the song that much richer. With synth and drum programming to die for, I picture gypsies with layers of kerchiefs flowing in the wind as they belly dance the night away next to tents on a beach lit by a bounty of bonfires. And, just wait for that beat breakdown near the end.
Drums run through the tracks so much so that the songs could be interpreted by a drum circle from beginning to end. New wave flourishes add a unique flavor. Allusions to renaissance fairs and medieval reenactments aside, Two Suns, is chic fairytale fare and not geek at all. A masterful pop-parable that delivers. ♫♫
Standout Track: “Pearl’s Dream”
Check Out: “Glass,” “Daniel,” and “Siren Song”