DOWNLOAD: Bat for Lashes - Horse & I (MP3)
If they mean "Blitzen" the reindeer, then you could say that the UK's Bat for Lashes & Portland's Blitzen Trapper are both bands with animal names that start with "B", and like a bee, they both have lots of buzz, and that they both played high-profile, yet small venue shows in NYC this week. You could say that if you wanted.
Everyone suddenly has their eye on these two bands - like Thom Yorke and Sub Pop and the Mercury Prize nominating committee and Pitchfork for instance. And though I'm not really a fan of Blitzen Trapper's album, I am curious to know what people thought of their Mercury Lounge show, or any of their shows - like this one they recently played at Emo's in Austin:
And what about Bat For Lashes?
Bat for Lashes @ Knitting Factory, NYC - July 25, 2007 (CRED)
Dressed like an Athenian hipster, gold headband and all, Khan and her all-girl bandmates would even get noticed in Williamsburg. Of course, when she opens her mouth, that's when you really take notice. Possessed with a voice somewhere between Chan Marshall and Bjork, she's got the kind of pipes that demand attention. And her music, both the songwriting and instrumentation (weird accordion, autoharp, unconventional percussion), is just quirky enough to hold it, even when things veered towards Tori Amos / Lilith Fair territory -- which they did just about any time she was behind the piano, it drifted that way. [Sound Bites]More Bat for Lashes tour dates HERE. More Blitzen Trapper & David Vandervelde dates HERE.