The Bats “Castle Lights”

By One Track Mind on Thursday, May 14th, 2009  |  2,797 views


The Bats “Castle Lights” The Bats “Castle Lights”

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Although The Bats predate just about every “indie” label and band around, the New Zealanders have been devastatingly overlooked by most listeners, no doubt in part because of their very sporadic output. (Their upcoming June 23 release, The Guilty Office, is just their seventh full-length in twenty-one years.) However, it’s clear that that acts from The Go-Betweens to Belle and Sebastian owe a great debt to the band and their previous gems like the quintessential indie-pop track, “Made Up in Blue.”

“Castle Lights” is rolls into gear over a mellow pairing of bass and guitar chords but soon becomes buoyed by the strings that will carry the melody throughout. This expanded instrumentation is a new direction for The Bats, whose tunes have always been dominated by jangling guitars and shuffling drums, and it is a move that serves them incredibly well. The strings quickly become the calling card for “Castle Lights,” their bittersweet notes echoing long after the song has finished. Robert Scott still has the same brilliant voice, another unmistakable hallmark of The Bats sound, a little rough around the edges with hints of Edwyn Collins when he reaches for higher notes.

This song is right up my alley, but I won’t pretend like it’s a sound for everyone. Still, anyone who listens to independent music these days owes a debt of gratitude to The Bats. What better way to celebrate it than with “Castle Lights”?

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Spaceman Spiff Says:

    This is romantic without being cloying. I’ll have to investigate their earlier music.

  2. Lydia Says:

    Great song to have playing in the background while I’m working. Winner!

  3. Vi Says:

    It reminded me of a bad Beach Boys cover, not a fan

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