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Music Monday: Bat For Lashes, Alt-J, Helldorado & More…

Bat For Lashes

More music picks for your Monday, curated by Rob & Widge. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Rob: The Haunted Man, this deep new third album from the Mercury Prize-Nominated Bat For Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) highlights her growth as a songwriter who is not afraid to speak her mind. She got there by drawing and illustrating her thoughts, resulting in songs that are dark, sparse and filled with resonance and emotion. The album’s two singles, “Laura” and “All Your Gold” show just how good she can be at making her point and framing it in melody and vibrant instrumentation.

The album is available from Amazon here. And here’s “All Your Gold,” live from BBC Radio 6:


Rob: This year’s Mercury Prize-winning-album, An Awesome Wave, is a bold expression of electronic sounds fused with stark and mathematical sound that has been called “folk step.” It’s odd, strange and wonderfully cerebral. Alt-J‘s finer album moments are “Something Good” and “Dissolve Me.” this is a band that knows how to blend its influences into a layered collage.

The album is available from Amazon here. And here’s “Tessellate,” performed live:

Widge: This is Helldorado out of Norway with “Bones in the Closet,” their new single. The song sort of speaks for itself–as does the genre it’s classified under: “Rock Noir.” Perfect. Also, the single is coming out on a 7″ limited edition vinyl, complete with 3D cover and glasses. Enjoy.

Pre-order the vinyl from Bandcamp.

Widge: Again, a song that needs no introduction, except to say that “Dinosaurs,” by Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers, is a song that speaks to the child in all of us. The child that’s trapped on Isla Nublar, screaming for help as the raptors circle in. You know, like that…but totally different.

Find their stuff on Bandcamp.

Widge: Here we have the music video for “To You” by Young Wonder, a duo out of Ireland whose vocalist, Rachel Koeman, sounds to me like Bjork after some serious therapy. That is a good thing. And I dig the hell out of the beats and instrumentation. Appears to only be available via iTunes.

Widge: This is “Heavy Feet” by Local Natives, a new single from their album due out next year, Hummingbird. A nice sold single recorded live at BBC Radio 6 just a few days ago. Excellent. (Though not available for legit sale yet, it’s so new, apparently.)