Bat for Lashes
8:30 pm., Wednesday April 17 | $20 advance, $22 day of show.
[SOUNDHOUNDS OF LOVE] It’s been nearly seven years since the former Natasha Khan emerged seemingly fully formed within the U.K. cultural consciousness as Bat for Lashes and began frolicking along the boundaries between fashion-forward electro-pixie and self-made vessel for otherworldly chamber-pop explorations. Even if elements of song-craft weren’t always as original as performance couture—traces of Björk here, Tori there, slow-burning Kate Bush an evergreen—her obvious appreciation for laborious technique tied together with rare willingness to delve into the ethereal fringes of concrete emotions won widespread acclaim, fueling anticipatory rumors of a newly mature third album rewarding extended gestation. Alas, the signal influences resonate almost as clearly as the outsized ambitions of last autumn’s The Haunted Man
, to muddled effect. It was less than fully realized if consistently intriguing, and certainly more playful than would be suggested by title and cover image: a stark, monochromatic nude portrait of the former art student grimly hauling away an apparent male casualty on shoulders that, however strong, cannot possibly carry the load.
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