Under stage name Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Will Oldham rejuvenates dark folk trunks. On another stage, Bat For Lashes showers us in electric sunshine and crystalline volcano embers. With Kanye West in the audience, it's all the better.
For Natasha Khan, this is not routine, not an encore. As Bat for Lashes, she lets loose, reaching deeper with second album Two Suns and introducing alter-ego Pearl. They swim through rivers of fantasy, dry off in the locks of golden boughs, warm up beside sparks of electronica and flames of dazed trip-hop. Debut Fur and Gold was all whistling winds, howls, circus tricks, mist and lake mirrors; Khan played a chanteuse of druid-rock in possession of a dark energy. Two Suns burns all that energy, alchemizing Björk, Kate Bush, and Tolkien. As Two Suns begins, with "Glass," Khan marches armies to the beat of a Song of Solomon, across desert and heath, til the dawn. This is a different sort of defense mechanism to Oldham's--it's a power protecting the whole dimension.
Breaking the illusion to make the point in a different way: What links these two? Kayne West, of course. He's fan of Bat For Lashes, and Will Oldham appeared alongside hilarious comedian Zach Galifianakis in a video for Kayne West's fantastic "Can't Tell Me Nothing."
Oldham & West & Khan & Galifianakis: A Holy Quadrinity. Beware! They will take you!