CD review: The Haunted Man - Bat For Lashes

16:00, Dec 08 2012
The Haunted Man - Bat For Lashes
The Haunted Man - Bat For Lashes

THE HAUNTED MAN
Bat For Lashes
(EMI)

Natasha Khan's third outing proves to be an exceptionally crafted offering of urban arthouse paganism wrapped around some strangely captivating hooks - a synth-drenched Bacchic marriage of Kate Bush and Gotye while Florence Welch watches tearfully from the back of the sacred grove.

The beautiful sheen is polished by a coterie of cameos from the likes of Beck and Portishead's Adrian Utley and perfectly produced pianos, strings and choirs - but without detracting from the type of songwriting which has already won Khan an Ivor Novello award for Daniel.

This is female indie at its most gender-centric - and far more so than the two previous Bat For Lashes albums - but with enough all-round energy and oddity to captivate throughout all 11 tracks. Watch out for the inevitable dancefloor remixes.  

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