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71. Bat for Lashes – Horse & I

14/10/2009

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This is the noughties. Songs about quests and “mystic golden lights” should be consigned to the box marked “1970s prog” and left to fester with Rick Wakeman’s LPs about King Arthur – with the exception of this one.  Elegant, epic and perfectly formed, Natasha Khan manages to tenderise the slightly whiffy imagery of mythic knights etc and turn it into a beautiful twisted fairytale of her own. The song’s pace and brevity helps – Khan makes the act of singing about being the chosen one sound considerably less pompous by keeping the arrangement uncluttered and the melody elegantly simple, and by tying the whole thing up in three minutes flat – but the real success of Horse & I is that it appears to exist in its own little dreamworld populated by people like Khan, who become more intriguing with every listen.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 15/10/2009 9:32 am

    I love the cheeky little theramin line that pops up briefly and then disappears for the rest of the track.

    I think Natasha is a little bit magic, y’know. Witchcraft is the only plausible explanation as to how she manages to transcend kooky naff-ness and actually be Really Bloody Enchanting.

  2. Kat Arney permalink
    17/10/2009 12:01 pm

    I really love this song! And thanks to you for introducing me to Bat for Lashes as well on that fateful car journey

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