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The Bats - The Deep Set (2017)
The Bats - The Deep Set (2017)

The Bats - The Deep Set (2017)

The Bats

Flying Nun Records

$33.00

All prices in New Zealand dollars.

 

FN568 The Bats - The Deep Set (2017)

Five years after the release of their last critically acclaimed album, The Bats return with album number nine, “The Deep Set”. With the title conveying the long established and firmly embedded, it’s notable that it’s thirty years since The Bats began recording their debut album, Daddy’s Highway, in the living room studio of a friend of a friend in Glasgow. This time around they recorded in The Sitting Room, the studio-sleep out-garage next to Ben Edward’s house in Lyttelton, following in the footsteps of Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid and many others.

With Edwards help “The Deep Set” continues The Bats’ 21st century resurgence. Yes, this is The Bats so the chords still chug, the guitars chime, ring, and jangle, the melodies are clear and memorable, the rhythm section is unstoppable. But the band mines the darker, deeper sound that 2011’s “Free All the Monsters” revealed.

The songs remain reflective but that oft-expected sweet folksiness pops up less frequently. As the title suggests the music is richer, expansive, deeper. In their fourth decade as a band familiarity has come to mean a more careful treatment of each song. Is it maturity? It definitely translates into more depth and complexity but hey the songs are still as catchy as all hell. And as a lyricist, Robert Scott continues his mastery of the personal and pastoral, the landscape and longing.

As always the key to The Bats is the emotion that their (seemingly) simple songs carry. They continue to mine that Mainland melancholy; the kind that somehow never risks being depressing. But of course that means there is lament and nostalgia, even if it’s only for last night.

Taking us from the sun of Otago’s Taieri River to darkest Durkestan and apparently ending in the midst of contemporary New Zealand politics, “The Deep Set” continues the composed confidence of their recent albums with one of The Bats’ strongest sets of songs, fueled by ever-more powerful guitars. If you grew up with The Bats their early recordings will always pull at your emotions but while less vulnerable and immediate than on their classic debut album, The Bats of the 21st century somehow manage to be more intimate and urgent.

TRACK LIST:

  1. Rooftops
  2. Looking For Sunshine
  3. Rock and Pillars
  4. Walking Man
  5. No Trace
  6. Diamonds
  7. Antlers
  8. Busy
  9. Steeley Gaze
  10. Durkestan
  11. Shut Your Eyes
  12. Not So Good
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FN024 The Bats - By Night (1984)
FN024 The Bats - By Night (1984)
FN024 The Bats - By Night (1984)
FN024 The Bats - By Night (1984)
FN024 The Bats - By Night (1984)

FN024 The Bats - By Night (1984)

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FN031 The Bats - And Here Is 'Music For The Fireside' (1985)
FN031 The Bats - And Here Is 'Music For The Fireside' (1985)
FN031 The Bats - And Here Is 'Music For The Fireside' (1985)
FN031 The Bats - And Here Is 'Music For The Fireside' (1985)
FN031 The Bats - And Here Is 'Music For The Fireside' (1985)
FN031 The Bats - And Here Is 'Music For The Fireside' (1985)

FN031 The Bats - And Here Is 'Music For The Fireside' (1985)

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FN045 Various - Tuatara - A Flying Nun Compilation (1985)
FN045 Various - Tuatara - A Flying Nun Compilation (1985)
FN045 Various - Tuatara - A Flying Nun Compilation (1985)
FN045 Various - Tuatara - A Flying Nun Compilation (1985)
FN045 Various - Tuatara - A Flying Nun Compilation (1985)
FN045 Various - Tuatara - A Flying Nun Compilation (1985)
FN045 Various - Tuatara - A Flying Nun Compilation (1985)

FN045 Various - Tuatara - A Flying Nun Compilation (1985)

$36.00
FN060 The Bats - Made Up In Blue (1986)
FN060 The Bats - Made Up In Blue (1986)
FN060 The Bats - Made Up In Blue (1986)
FN060 The Bats - Made Up In Blue (1986)
FN060 The Bats - Made Up In Blue (1986)

FN060 The Bats - Made Up In Blue (1986)

$15.00
The Bats - Daddy's Highway (1987)
The Bats - Daddy's Highway (1987)
The Bats - Daddy's Highway (1987)
The Bats - Daddy's Highway (1987)

The Bats - Daddy's Highway (1987)

$14.00
FN084 The Bats - Block Of Wood (1987)
FN084 The Bats - Block Of Wood (1987)
FN084 The Bats - Block Of Wood (1987)
FN084 The Bats - Block Of Wood (1987)
FN084 The Bats - Block Of Wood (1987)

FN084 The Bats - Block Of Wood (1987)

$15.00
FN104 The Bats - 4 Songs (1988)
FN104 The Bats - 4 Songs (1988)
FN104 The Bats - 4 Songs (1988)
FN104 The Bats - 4 Songs (1988)
FN104 The Bats - 4 Songs (1988)

FN104 The Bats - 4 Songs (1988)

$25.00
FN677 Various - In Love With These Times (1989)
FN677 Various - In Love With These Times (1989)
FN677 Various - In Love With These Times (1989)

FN677 Various - In Love With These Times (1989)

$36.00
FN121 The Bats ‎– The Law Of Things (1989)
FN121 The Bats ‎– The Law Of Things (1989)
FN121 The Bats ‎– The Law Of Things (1989)
FN121 The Bats ‎– The Law Of Things (1989)
FN121 The Bats ‎– The Law Of Things (1989)

FN121 The Bats ‎– The Law Of Things (1989)

$40.00
FN143 The Bats - Compiletely Bats (1990)
FN143 The Bats - Compiletely Bats (1990)
FN143 The Bats - Compiletely Bats (1990)
FN143 The Bats - Compiletely Bats (1990)
FN143 The Bats - Compiletely Bats (1990)
FN143 The Bats - Compiletely Bats (1990)

FN143 The Bats - Compiletely Bats (1990)

$36.00
FN209 Various - Getting Older 1981-1991 (1991)
FN209 Various - Getting Older 1981-1991 (1991)

FN209 Various - Getting Older 1981-1991 (1991)

$20.00
FN210 Various - Pink Flying Saucers Over The Southern Alps (1991)
FN210 Various - Pink Flying Saucers Over The Southern Alps (1991)
FN210 Various - Pink Flying Saucers Over The Southern Alps (1991)
FN210 Various - Pink Flying Saucers Over The Southern Alps (1991)
FN210 Various - Pink Flying Saucers Over The Southern Alps (1991)

FN210 Various - Pink Flying Saucers Over The Southern Alps (1991)

$36.00
FN217 The Bats - Fear Of God (1991)
FN217 The Bats - Fear Of God (1991)
FN217 The Bats - Fear Of God (1991)
FN217 The Bats - Fear Of God (1991)
FN217 The Bats - Fear Of God (1991)
FN217 The Bats - Fear Of God (1991)

FN217 The Bats - Fear Of God (1991)

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FN260 The Bats - Silverbeet (1993)
FN260 The Bats - Silverbeet (1993)

FN260 The Bats - Silverbeet (1993)

$0.00
FN261 The Bats - Courage (1993)
FN261 The Bats - Courage (1993)

FN261 The Bats - Courage (1993)

$0.00
PRD 93/29 Various - Beyond The Jangle (1993)
PRD 93/29 Various - Beyond The Jangle (1993)

PRD 93/29 Various - Beyond The Jangle (1993)

$0.00
FN291 The Bats - Spill The Beans (1994)
FN291 The Bats - Spill The Beans (1994)
FN291 The Bats - Spill The Beans (1994)
FN291 The Bats - Spill The Beans (1994)
FN291 The Bats - Spill The Beans (1994)

FN291 The Bats - Spill The Beans (1994)

$0.00
The Bats - Couchmaster (1995)
The Bats - Couchmaster (1995)
The Bats - Couchmaster (1995)
The Bats - Couchmaster (1995)
The Bats - Couchmaster (1995)

The Bats - Couchmaster (1995)

$14.00
FN341 The Bats - Afternoon In Bed ‎(1995)
FN341 The Bats - Afternoon In Bed ‎(1995)

FN341 The Bats - Afternoon In Bed ‎(1995)

$0.00
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)
FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)

FN402 Various - Topless Women Talk About Their Lives ‎(1997)

$0.00
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