Two ridiculously talented females up the ante with a sophomore release from each of their respective projects:
Annie Clark’s first release as St Vincent, Marry Me, was an album that I really enjoyed, but it had this ultra-light, whimsical character to it that made it hard for me to sink my teeth into at first. I eventually grew to adore it, but it always sounded like it was a couple of steps away from the brilliant potential I thought she possessed. On only her second attempt, Actor, she has fully realized that untapped inner genius. I’m going to go ahead and declare it: Right now, this record is my favourite to come out officially so far this year. Every single song seems to contain one of those hair raising sort of moments that just wow you. It is simply a perfectly crafted composition from beginning to end and I cannot stop listening to it. So jump on the bandwagon sooner than later and get your tickets to her show at The Earl June 14 now because I hear they are selling fast.
Bat For Lashes
Natasha Khan returns with a more consistent and altogether stunning release than her really good debut album 2 years ago, Fur & Gold. The Tori Amos influence is still heavily felt here, but she has been able to carve out a more unique and personal sound this time around. The clear standout on the record is “Daniel”, which manages to do the ’80s nostalgia thing more successfully than anything on M83‘s entire album of attempts from last year. Although the two tracks I picked out below don’t represent it, this record as a whole will be a bit of a difficult listen for someone who prefers their music upbeat. But there are some really amazing parts on the slower songs as well, so make sure to check this one out:
- Posted by Davy Minor on May 6, 2009 at 1:56 am