Fans of Bat for Lashes, also known as Natasha Khan, have been awaiting a new album – or any new music, really – for three years. Her fourth album is apparently on the way, but for now she’s concentrating on a side project called Sexwitch. This collaboration between Khan, TOY and Dan Carey involves the release of a six-track album featuring covers of psych and folk tracks from the 1970’s. The album contains an international twist with all the tracks hailing from different countries, including Iran, Morocco, U.S.A and Thailand.
They performed together for the first time at Green Man Festival over the weekend in Wales. In an intense performance, Khan danced across the stage to the violent music as she sang dark songs of love and lust before falling to her knees, head-banging the ground as the set came to a close.
They released Helelyos a couple of days later. It’s much darker than we’re used to, which is a super exciting move for Khan. The track has a cool sinister tone, powered by a strong amount of percussion and Khan’s hypnotic voice. Her Iranian decent allows her to deeply connect to the powerful lyrics about the beauty of Iranian Women as she chants “my dark girls, my dark girls” who “are not afraid of any dangers.”
Khan revealed some information about her fourth Bat For Lashes album as well:
“Hopefully it’ll be out in spring, yeah. It’s a big undertaking because thematically it’s very linked to a feature [film] that I’m writing at the moment. It has a story and I’m really excited! It’s going to be really good. But because I’ve done this, I feel like I might do a few more sessions and play some of the songs live a bit more, incorporate that into the recording—I haven’t done the final stage of recording yet.”
01 Ghoroobaa Ghashangan (Iran)
02 Ha Howa Ha Howa (Morocco)
03 Helelyos (Iran)
04 Kassidat El Hakka (Morocco)
05 War In Peace (U.S.A)
06 Lam Plearn Kiew Bao (Thailand)
Sexwitch will be released on September 25th.