Monday, 21 April 2008


Because of (admittedly old) news that Devendra Banhart and Natalie Portman are now a couple, I thought I would use the opportunity to introduce you to some new music. Not Devendra, you should know Devendra (yes, I can act like he and I are on first name terms; shut up). Actually, if you don't know Devendra shame on you.
Anyway, yes; Natalie Portman's Shaved Head is, or should I say are, the topic of this post. And no, I'm not being really weird, they are infact a band, and a pretty good one at that. Pop, electro, and little bit of funk and punk. Lashings of CSS, Hot Chip, Bowie, the best bits of Scissor Sisters and, oddly enough, Le Tigre come to mind when listening to the Seattle-based band. They're a bit like what Late of the Pier would sound like if they had a girl, their lyrics were more comprehendible (N.B. that doesn't necessarily mean less strange) and they were just a teensy bit disco. They give off the impression of being very fashionable, almost painfully cool and nonchalant yet still manage to be quite a kooky band. That might not make sense...I'm going to play the "I have important exams coming up" card again. They're a strange band that leave you with an uncontrollable urge to dance. And they are a LOT of fun.
They've removed 'The Beard Song' from their page which was all about how sexy facial hair was, but rest assured the other songs are great. 'Ponytail' (it seems the band have a thing about hair, whether it's a lack of it or a lot of it) fuses intense, seductive keyboard lines, aggressive vocals and a random bout of exotic steel drums. 'LA Noir' has ethereal keyboard lines, and breathy monotonous vocals - this one definitley brings Hot Chip to mind. Meanwhile, 'Mouth Full of Bones' has an eerie voice whimpering "I don't even know your name" over an initially march-like instrumental piece which soon breaks down into some beautiful funky riffs on guitar.
Anyway, their album - "Glistening Pleasure" is out on July 15th. Sorry about how poorly written this was; focus on the music not the post. I guarantee* they will be stuck in your head:
They are very, very good and are, no doubt, set to go far - frankly, with a name like that, how could they not?
*Please don't sue me if not

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

they are fabulous