Siren Song

Album: Two Suns (2009)
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  • On Two Suns Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes) channeled her lyrics through two main personas, one of which is Pearl, who according to the album's press release is "a destructive, self-absorbed, blonde, femme fatale of a person." The other is the raven haired introverted more rational Khan. On this piano based number, she sings of the internal battle between her own wish for a perfect, innocent love and Pearl's desire for the destruction of that love through emotional sabotage.
  • Khan told BBC's Newsbeat about her Pearl persona: "I love Cindy Sherman and Diane Arbus and David Lynch and these strange kind of documentaries about transvestites and drag queens and New York I really just did it as an experiment of dressing up myself with quite garish extreme feminine make-up. I wanted to photograph myself in that situation and just see what it made me feel. On the last album [2006's Fur and Gold] it was Sarah that was my blonde counterpart, and on this one it's Pearl, so obviously I have this strange innate sickness where I have to be blonde as much as possible! Probably just 'cause my hair's so jet black."
  • This song transforms from a torch song to a percussion-heavy conclusion. According to promotional materials, Alex Thomas' drums on this track "were recorded in two takes that were mashed together creating an array of beats and sonic breakdowns."


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