bat for lashes second album sees brighton's natasha khan introducing some special guests, notably scott walker and yeasayer, and, more bizarrely, her alter-ego, pearl, described by the press release as 'a destructive, self-absorbed, blonde, femme fatale of a persona who acts as a direct foil to khan's more mystical, desert-born spiritual self.' more accessible and more expensive-sounding than 'fur and gold', this record's key player may not actually be khan but producer david kosten, who spent years making fantastically gloomy albums as faultline - presumably motivated by a rum succession of events which saw him suffer a collapsed lung, get run over by armed robbers and attacked by burglars with coshes - and instils 'two suns' with doleful cellos, rattling percussion, plucked violins and thrillingly loud electronics. yet khan also has a terrific voice; impressive in range and with an apparently limitless arsenal of ticks and tricks. the songs range from kate bush / bjork esque spooky childhood reveries and magical piano balladry to dazed glass candy style disco tracks. 'two suns' is a record of incredible depth and beauty.