I have a secret weapon. (I have many secret weapons, actually.) His name is Gordon, a long-time reader (going back to my other blog, even) from the U.K. and he tells me about bands, especially those from the British Isles. He told me about Fionn Regan last August and I’ve been pretty obsessed and evangelical since. (Fionn’s playing this Saturday at Cafe du Nord! Go see him!) He also told me about Bat for Lashes months ago. Though I wasn’t as enthralled, I did have a little twinkle in my eye a few months later when the US blogs started talking about her because that was so yesterday to me. (Gordon recently urged me to listen to her album, which releases this week and is streaming in its entirety at spinner.)
source: promo shot
More than Motown, I’d compare this to things like Nancy Sinatra and stuff you may hear in an Austin Powers sound track. The only thing I can understand in this dutch review is something I was thinking anyway: like something from a James Bond soundtrack. Big, orchestra pop. The sound, though. I didn’t realize people remembered how to make songs that sound like this. Give one of these songs a listen and tell me if you’ve heard any music made in the last twenty years that has production and orchestration like this.
She even has some obscure indie band connection with her brothers involved in various indie bands.
“By Tomorrow” is a rollicking 60s-like girl group number, complete with sweet horn lines. It has plenty of quirks to it.
“One More Chance” is a fun and upbeat number, that has a bit of twee (Belle & Sebastian at the very least) in it. I like the vocal melody and the backing vocals.
You can listne to her album on her website.
Looks like it does have a stateside release or amazon’s selling the import for relatively cheap. [Update: the relatively cheap thing is actually an CD single.]