Monday, 7 February 2011

LIVE: Bat For Lashes @ Rock City, Nottingham - October 2009.

After a hectic first few weeks at university, sometimes all you need is a bit of escapism and Bat For Lashes most certainly offered this. In just over an hour, Natasha Khan and her band of multi-talented musicians took us on a journey through the elements; through "emerald cities" with rumbling bass progressions and roaring drums to poignant violin ensembles and longing, autoharp melodies. Khan sings with such a mystical and ghostly tone that you inevitably become immersed in her world, and you can’t help but draw parallels with Kate Bush. Ex-Ash guitarist, Charlotte Hatherley, put on a stunning performance, effortlessly moving between instruments and harmonising beautifully with Khan’s vocals. Crowd favourite, ‘Daniel’ was surprisingly disappointing; however ‘Glass’, ‘Priscilla’ and ‘Siren Song’ were undoubtedly the most powerful songs of the evening. An essential band to see live.                                                 

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