ALBUM REVIEW: Bat for Lashes – The Dream of Delphi

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bat for Lashes - The Dream of Delphi

Bat for Lashes, the musical project of Natasha Khan, began as a personal refuge during her time working at a card-packing factory after completing her A-levels. Her latest LP, The Dream of Delphi, is particularly significant as it marks her first release since becoming a mother, a transition reflected in the album’s themes and dedication to her daughter, Delphi.

The album opens with the title track, “The Dream of Delphi,” which starts with slow, repetitive synth chords. These basic elements quickly evolve into a more ethereal soundscape as Khan’s harmonies layer over them. The inclusion of a xylophone and harp adds to the dreamlike quality of the piece. About two-thirds in, the track introduces processed beats, enhancing the surreal atmosphere before concluding with haunting strings, creating a fitting tribute to young Delphi.

Another track dedicated to her daughter is “Dancing Delphi.” This song’s intro evokes the tension of a scene from “Stranger Things,” where the students of Hawkins High are on the verge of danger. However, the mood soon shifts as the 80s-inspired synths give way to a peaceful and innocent piano sonata, illustrating the carefree nature of a child dancing, free from any lurking threats.

Instrumental tracks like “Her First Morning” subtly relate to the early stages of Delphi’s life. The piano creates a Christmas-like soundscape, accompanied by delicate strings, evoking an unexpected seasonal feeling for an album released in May. Similarly, “Christmas Day” carries a sweet, yet non-seasonal vibe, and although it doesn’t directly reference Delphi or motherhood, it blends seamlessly into the album’s narrative.

“The Midwives Have Left” masterfully navigates a range of emotions, blending calm and joy through piano melodies with the subtle anxiety of EDM elements. “Breaking Up” stands out as the most bass-heavy instrumental, fully embracing 80s influences with its synth and saxophone arrangements.

“Home,” the only lyrical and pop-structured track on the album, stands as the outlier in The Dream of Delphi. The inspirations behind the LP are evident through the song titles, though the themes may not always be clear without this context. Despite this, the soothing soundscapes transport the listener, making a cohesive concept unnecessary. While the album undeniably carries a feminine touch, its appeal is universal, offering soundscapes that anyone can enjoy.



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Michael Barron 346 Articles
Michael first began writing whilst studying at university; reviewing the latest releases and live gigs. He has since contributed to the Fortean Times as well as other publications. Michael’s musical tastes vary from Indie to psychedelic, folk and dubstep.

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