Bat For Lashes
The opening track on British songwriter and singer Natasha Khan's debut record came to her in a dream, one that inspired the former film student and then-nursery school teacher to a second career in music. According to Khan, the dream focused on a black horse that came to her window and invited her to take part in a mythical quest. In the waking world, that quest led to Kahn writing songs filled with themes of otherworldly kingdoms, fanciful allegories and woodland creatures, and eventually setting them to tape for a heady blend of darkly psychedelic indie pop. Recorded between her home city of Brighton and London, the record, Fur and Gold, found a home on the Echo Label and was released in September, 2006. Praised by the British press for her artful presentation and lolling songcraft, Kahn put together a live band and hit the road, supporting likeminded indie songstresses CocoRosie. She soon went back into the studio and released the more electro-centric follow-up, Two Suns in 2009.
Runtime: 1 hr 36 min‘Biophilia Live’ is a concert film directed by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton and produced by Jacqui Edenbrow that captures the human element of Björk’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project: Biophilia. Recorded live at Björk’s show at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013, the film features Björk and her band performing every song on ‘Biophilia’ and more using a broad variety of instruments – some digital, some traditional, and some completely unclassifiable. The film has already been hailed as “a captivating record of an artist in full command of her idiosyncratic powers” (variety) and “an imaginative stand-alone artwork” (hollywood reporter) and is a vital piece of the grand mosaic that is ‘biophilia.’
Live at The Oxford Art Factory
Runtime: 48 minLi was born in Ystad, Skåne, in Sweden, in 1986 and was raised by artistic parents; her mother was a photographer, her father is a musician. Here she performs at The Oxford Art Factory, in Sydney, Australia, on January 5, 2009.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 49 minThese two concerts from Montreux in 1991 and 1992 catch Tori Amos right at the start of her solo career. The first from July 1991 was filmed a few months before the release of her Little Earthquakes album and the second from July 1992 followed a few months after. There is a fascinating progression from one year to the next as she grows in confidence and skill as a live performer, buoyed by the critical and commercial success of the album. Naturally most of the songs are taken from Little Earthquakes but there are also rare songs from her various EPs released across the two years which didnt make it onto the album including her distinctive takes on Led Zeppelins Whole Lotta Love and Thank You and Nirvanas Smells Like Teen Spirit.