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Bat For Lashes: Beauty Atop Beauty

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Within the first 25 seconds of "Moon and Moon," Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan drops the line, "I'm a huntress for a husband lost at sea," revealing both a stark seriousness and a penchant for lyrical flights of fancy. But then, within the song's first five seconds, Khan had already uncorked a mesmerizing minor-key piano melody, so it was already clear that she's not messing around.

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  • Song: "Moon and Moon"
  • Artist: Bat for Lashes
  • CD: Two Suns
  • Genre: Pop
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hide captionIn "Moon and Moon," Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan infuses a gloomily portentous sound-world with genuine emotion.

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Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan

In "Moon and Moon," Bat for Lashes' Natasha Khan infuses a gloomily portentous sound-world with genuine emotion.

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Like Regina Spektor and others, the English singer knows how to layer beauty atop beauty, as "Moon and Moon" finds her piling synth washes on top of minor-key pianos on top of her own rich, sweet voice. Khan infuses her gloomily portentous sound-world with genuine emotion, mixing the ethereal with imagery both animalistic ("Where's my bear to lick me clean?") and wounded ("It'll drag me to your door / and I won't see you no more"). It all keeps "Moon and Moon" tethered to reality in a way that makes the song resonate as more than just the sound of gorgeousness for its own sake.

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  • Album: Two Suns
  • Artist: Bat for Lashes
  • Label: Caroline
  • Released: 2009
 

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