No matter how much people on this side of the Atlantic adore Kings Of Leon (debatable), they should know that Europeans hear the band very differently. It’s one thing to like the Followills, but it’s quite another to like the Followills in a climate where little local artists like Coldplay and Radiohead pointedly praise their looks and sounds, and critically beloved sirens like Lykke Li and now Bat For Lashes try their best to stamp their spirits on the group’s tracks. Uncontroversial point: People take KoL seriously over there. As it turns out the Kings cuts are surprisingly malleable, or maybe just that Natasha is an adept sound shaper: Last week she stopped into BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and delivered an affecting and stripped, synth and tamborine take on “Use Sombeody” that you really don’t have to even know Kings Of Leon to enjoy. Earlier Scott had highlighted the internet-enabled bonus track “Daniel (Lo Fi Version)” (for Khan lo fi means chillier and more sparse, not low fidelity, but it’s OK because it’s great), and we have her Live Lounge verison of that for you, too.
Bat For Lashes – “Use Somebody” (Live Lounge BBC Radio 1) (MP3)
Bat For Lashes – “Daniel (Lo Fi Version) (Live Lounge BBC Radio 1)” (MP3)
Our friends in the UK can watch video of the performances at BBC Radio 1 (who also get credit for that Khan shot). Sorry US folks, but consider it payback for all those MTV embeds that work for us.
Two Suns is out now via Astralwerks.