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BAT FOR LASHES "Two Suns" Special Edition Released on 11/3!

posted Oct 9, 2009, 9:43 AM by Vu Nguyen



(credit:  Brooke Nipar)

Bat For Lashes will release a Special Edition version of her masterpiece sophomore album, Two Suns, on Astralwerks Records on November 3rdTwo Suns ‘Special Edition’ enhances even further what Pitchfork has called “the year’s most thrilling music so far,” packed with rare and unreleased studio gems, cover versions, stunning live tracks, demos, exclusive remixes, and a revealing long-form documentary.

Encompassing both an expanded CD and a bonus DVD, the new version of Two Suns provides an unprecedented look into the creation of Natasha Khan’s second album. In particular, Two + Two, a new, 48-minute documentary included in the package, follows Khan on the intense personal journey she undertook to create Two Suns, allowing intimate insight into her artistic process and following her across the globe, from the pastoral countryside of her native U.K. to the haunting Western landscapes of California.  From a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her work in the studio, to the making of her provocative, striking videos, to the evolution of Two Sun’s femme fatale character Pearl, Two + Two allows fans to see Khan as never before.

As well, the musical extras present equally illuminating views into the essential influences and elements that went into Bat For Lashes’ second album.  Two different versions of “Daniel” adorn the collection – one is a “lo-fi” demo that becomes even more haunting in its unexpectedly halting tempo; the other – recorded live on Bat For Lashes’ 2008 jaunt touring with Radiohead - comes off even more eerie and elegiac, stripped-down with pulsing with tribal drums and midnight synths. Indeed, the live recordings here provide vivid sonic snapshots of Khan’s powerhouse stage show, like the ethereal reading of another Two Suns song, “Good Love,” and her richly symphonic cover of Tom Waits’ “Lonely,” captured from an intimate performance at London buzz club Koko. Likewise, the covers on ‘Special Edition’ showcase both Khan’s musical inspirations and her dazzling abilities as an interpretive vocalist. Whether it’s tackling legendary artists like The Cure or current rock darlings like Kings of Leon, Khan makes each song entirely her own.

Ultimately, this ‘Special Edition’ supplies further evidence of Khan’s visual and musical triumph, in addition to charting her tremendous artistic growth since 2006’s lauded debut, Fur and Gold. If the initial release of Khan’s sophomore album proved that 2009 was the year of the Bat, then its expanded contents confirm above all else that her achievement has now become, in fact, timeless.

Praise for Two Suns

“Pounding on pianos, cranking out delicate little click-clack beats and shivering through choruses with an ultraromantic soprano, Khan proves she’s a powerhouse.” (3.5 stars) – Rolling Stone

"Natasha Khan returns with the rhythmically complex Two Suns, which signals her daring sonic transition from goth-pop indie darling to high-concept sorceress...Two Suns brims with warm, burbling electronics, delicious psychadelic piano pounding...and indelible melodies..." - BlackBook

 “…stunning vocals and obvious talents…Khan is a pleasure as she weaves eerily beautiful tales…– Alternative Press