"I Will Rise"
(photos: craig loschmann)
Like a cobra rising from an earn, Natashia Khan, aka Bat For Lashes, slivers around stage with a presence so captivating one may forget to blink. Fur and Gold was a truly wondrous record, creeping with neo-psychedelia and soul noir, like the soundtrack to a speakeasy murder mystery, best exemplified by "Trophy" and "What's A Girl To Do?", whose video is a beast in and of itself. But "Glass", the first single from Two Suns and the opener of her main stage set at Primavera, finds Khan channeling ancient Mysticism, which Wiki defines as, the "pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth, or God through direct experience, intuition, or insight." Basically, see her soon while she's still playing relatively small rooms. It won't be like that for long.