Bat For Lashes @ QMU 08-04-09

April 15, 2009

QMU, Glasgow, April 8 * * *

Two-and-a-half years on since the release of her universally-acclaimed debut Fur and Gold and the critics, for the most part, have fallen in love all over again with Natasha Kahn, better known as Bat For Lashes.
Released last week, praise for Two Sons has been high, with the phrase ‘album of the year’ already being bandied about. Tonight Kahn and her three-piece backing band – including ex-Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley – played the majority of her sophomoric offering to a packed QMU and fittingly, given the new-age aura that surrounds Kahn, her visit was accompanied by a full moon.
Surrounded on stage by bric-a-brac ranging from a stack of TVs to an antler’s head, the willowy singer/songwriter displayed a very natural presence throughout. Caught up in the spell she was casting over the audience, her soaring reverb-soaked vocals on Sleep Alone, hypnotically underpinned by drummer Sarah Jones’ incessant beat, proved bewitching.
After a couple of less than scintillating new tracks proceedings got back on track with the arrival, like a gently brewing storm, of debut single The Wizard. It turned out to be the night’s highpoint even if it didn’t quite manage to conjure up that same ethereal, otherworldliness that had flowed so seamlessly at Oran Mor two years ago.


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