Saturday, October 27, 2007

Bat For Lashes - The Next Big Thing On Wheels?

What do gigantic rabbits, car wrecks, lost balloons and bicycle stunts have in common? They're all featured in Bat for Lashes' breakout video "What's a Girl to Do" video.

A few short weeks ago, Steve and I were hanging out in the Lonely Note offices when we caught this video gem on the IMF channel (International Music Feed). At first glance, we didn't even notice the music because the visuals had us so transfixed. It immediately brought to mind the wildly bizarre film "Donnie Darko." It wasn't until later that I was reading the October issue of Blender and found that band singer Natasha Khan meant for that almost exact comparison:

"I tried to make the video a bit like Donnie Darko
meets E.T." she says. "The best children's stories for me involve terrifying encounters, kids leaving safe places and coming into contact with the invisible. I try to create the same space in my music"

Despite her enjoyment of endangering children, Natasha has created music that isn't half-bad. With a sound similiar to estabished artists like Bjork, Cat Power and Thom Yorke, it's a safe bet that Bat for Lashes will find their place in today's music scene.

Did I mention that Natasha Khan looks like an exotic, Tom Cruise-less version of Katie Holmes? Yeah.....Bat for Lashes is alright. Check out the video and enjoy!

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