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Issue No. 2327

Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man

Natasha Khan’s third album as Bat for Lashes arrives, she explains, after a panic with “writer’s block”. Songs explore themes of struggling to overcome self-doubt and indecision. Her chord patterns and symbolistic lyrics reflect this.

The impact is emotive. It can seem melancholic, but resolving cadences give an almost euphoric sense. Khan’s style is reminiscent of the other-worldly nature of Kate Bush, Bjork, or Fairport Convention.

But she adds her own wonderful oddness, combining folk with synths, and quick, steady drums rendering the tone upbeat, while nostalgic and sad.

Julie Sherry

Every Day I Have the Blues

Running in parallel with the London Jazz Festival, this show at explores jazz and blues music through film. It includes Louie Bluie about blues violinist Howard Armstrong.

Alongside two films from Shirley Clarke, the exhibition shows rare footage, including performances by Howling Wolf, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane.

Every Day I Have the Blues runs at the Barbican centre, 2-27 November. Go to for more details.

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Tue 30 Oct 2012, 18:12 GMT
Issue No. 2327
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