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The Londoner plugs in the synths for a journey into the supernatural. Natasha Khan’s latest is a synth-pop love letter to the ’80s sci-fi and fantasy films of her youth. “Lost Girls” is the fifth studio album by Natasha Khan, known professionally as Bat for Lashes. It was released on 6th September 2019 through AWAL  Recordings. It is Khan’s first album since 2016’s The Bride. The lead single “Kids in the Dark” was released on 10th June 2019.

Lost Girls is no less fantastical. Loosely centered around a new character (Nikki Pink) and a gang of biker women who roam the sunset streets of an eerie, make-believe vision of LA, it’s essentially a love letter to the ’80s sci-fi and fantasy films of her youth. She wrote the songs while working on a script of her own, and the starry-eyed, big-screen synth-pop of “Kids in the Dark” sounds like the soundtrack to the big romantic clinch in her own coming-of-age flick.

Khan has cited 1980s music and cinema as an inspiration for the record, citing artists such as Bananarama, Cyndi Lauper and The Blue Nile as well as film composer John Williams.

released September 6th, 2019

Bat For Lashes rarely makes anything less than a big statement with each of her releases—even the one-off side projects—and Lost Girls is not an exception. In some respects it feels like a paring down; the songs are shorter, the concept a bit less cosmic or emotionally overwhelming, but the final product remains grand, a rich headphone experience as much as it is a backdrop for some particularly elaborate daydreams.


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This week Bat For Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) has announced a new album, “Lost Girls”, and shared its first single, “Kids in the Dark.” Lost Girls is due out September 6th via AWAL Recordings. “Kids in the Dark” is not as immediate as some of Khan’s previous classic singles (such as “Daniel” or “What’s a Girl to Do”), but it’s still got some Bat For Lashes magic and plus Khan’s unmistakable voice.

Check out the album’s tracklist and over art here. In the last week, in the run up to the album announcement, Bat For Lashes also shared some intriguing teaser videos on Instagram so check those out too.

Lost Girls is the follow-up to 2016’s concept album The Bride, which came out via Parlophone/Warner Bros. Although in 2018 Khan scored the BBC/Netflix show Requiem, for which she picked up an Ivor Norvello Award.

A press release sets the scene for Lost Girls this way: “If her last album, The Bride, was melancholy and mournful, a tone poem of loss and regret, Lost Girls is her mischievous younger sister, widescreen in scope and bursting with Technicolour intensity. It’s an album for driving in the dark; holding hands at sunset; jumping off bridges with vampires; riding your bike across the moon…. Spanning 10 tracks, Lost Girls sees Khan dreaming up her own fully formed parallel universe, creating an off-kilter coming of age film in which gangs of marauding female bikers roam our streets, teenagers make out on car hoods and a powerful female energy casts spells and leave clues for us to follow. The women of Lost Girls are parallel to one of Khan’s previous female protagonists, the tough, darkness-driven Pearl, from her 2009 lauded album Two Suns. Within the women of Lost Girls and the character Nikki Pink, Khan unfolds elements of herself; within these songs, we do the same.”


Bat For Lashes came back in July with their fourth album The Bride, The ‘band’ is of course Natasha Khan and the new record sounds promising; a concept album that follows the story of a woman whose fiancé has been killed in a crash on the way to the church for their wedding. In the narrative ‘The Bride’ flees the scene to take the honeymoon trip alone, resulting in  we are told  “a dark meditation on love, loss, grief, and celebration”. You can hear In God’s House from the album, it is probably one of my favourite ‘new’ albums of the last few years. So if you’re not familiar with their music, it’s worth checking out.

The Bride was released on Parlophone Records on 1 July 2016.

Last July, Bat For Lashes released the album The Bride, sensing / anticipating the tragedy about to come Dear Natasha, this album is a conceptual masterpiece. One of my favourites ever. It was a concept album written from the perspective of a woman whose fiancé dies in a car crash on the way to their wedding, and today, the British chanteuse has shared the video for the devastating ballad “Joe’s Dream.” The clip sees Natasha Khan strumming on an electric guitar in front of a church pulpit, while lights grow dim around her as she sings of the tragedy to come (“But what does it mean/The bad things that I’ve seen?”).

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STONE ROSES –  All For One 

The Stone Roses are joining in this release tomfoolery with a brand new single,
The band left the brief announcement on their facebook page and no other details are forthcoming at this point in time. one can only presume that your local record emporium won’t be working overtime with physical product ready at ’20 hundred hours’ – rather this will, at least initially, be a digital release. Hell, maybe they’ll just bung something up on YouTube or Soundcloud – who knows! Labels and artists do play fast and loose with the phrase “releasing a single” these days

The Mancunians have a number of shows planned for this year including four nights at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium with a slightly more rock ‘n’ roll pedigree, Madison Square Garden at the end of next month. The Stone Roses’ last single was Begging You from late 1995 which peaked at number 15 in the UK (although a four-track live EP, Crimson Tonight, was issued in Japan and Australia).

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Cate Le Bon will releases her fourth album Crab Day ovia Turnstile on LP, CD. Recorded at Panoramic House studio, West Marin, California last spring, Crab Day was produced by Noah Georgson and Josiah Steinbrick.

According to Cate: “Crab Day was lovingly formed in the mouth of the Pacific Ocean, as it quietly mocked us with its magnitude. It’s the sound of the ‘accidentally on purpose’ coming together of the right people at precisely the right time in an environment that furnished and fuelled the abandonment we felt effortlessly. It’s a coalition of inescapable feelings and fabricated nonsense, each propping the other up.Crab Day is an old holiday. Crab Day is a new holiday. Crab Day isn’t a holiday at all.”

BAT FOR LASHES  –  The Bride

Bat For Lashes are back in July with their fourth album The Bride,
The ‘band’ is of course Natasha Khan and the new record sounds promising; a concept album that follows the story of a woman whose fiancé has been killed in a crash on the way to the church for their wedding. In the narrative ‘The Bride’ flees the scene to take the honeymoon trip alone, resulting in – we are told – “a dark meditation on love, loss, grief, and celebration”.


Lola Colt are a London 6 piece band. With roots in psych, influences in vintage film and cinematic sound and the use of unusual instrumentation such as Shahi-Baaja, Darbuka and Harmonium. There’s a depth and atmosphere in their music akin to a film noir soundtrack. Frontwoman Gun Overbye’s lyrics add another spiritual dimension, formed as standalone pieces of poetry on themes of hypnotism and heartache and merged later with the band’s enveloping soundscapes. The new album was self-recorded and produced in James Hurst’s London studio. Recreating the magic of the 6 piece live, much of the album began as spontaneous studio sessions, laying down ideas and treating the music making process initially as a fluid journey and an outpouring of creative ideas, before the borderline perfectionist band spent a year re-working the songs into the fully formed album you hear today.


Recorded in March 2016 in Anton Newcombe’s studio in Berlin, Anton gathered Dan Alliare (drums), Colliin Hegna (bass), Joel Gion (tambourine), Ricky Maymi (guitar) and Ryan Van Kriedt (guitar) to record this track ‘Bout Des Doigts’ and ‘Fingertips’. ‘Bout Des Doigts’ features Rike (Friedrike) Bienert providing the vocals, ‘Fingertips’ vocals are provided by Tess Parks.


Chapter Two: We find our man stumbling through the darkness in the garden of illusion and fame. Chris Shaw smokes the microphone while Ty Segall and Charles Moothart trade lizardian licks and skin hits. Guest Goggs include Cory Hanson, Mikal Cronin and Denee Petracek. Ten tracks of misanthropic noise to bring home to mom’s house on fire. Boots to your face after the high speed chase, Then! A death trip down memory lane. The lead actor dies first and the shotgun shooter flashes chipped teeth. Created in Los Angeles in the middle of the summer of 2015: three years of planning, thirty days of writing, one week of ripping. A severed finger on the button, the player ends the game. Final notice has been served.
LP – With Download.


After a number of different releases and years of touring, Montclair, New Jersey’s Pinegrove have offered their finest work to date with their newest LP, ‘Cardinal’. The band’s captivating blend of indie rock, pop and country elements is more vivid, fine-tuned, and addictive than ever before. Vocalist / guitarist Evan Stephens Hall along with brothers Zack Levine (drums) and Nick Levine (guitar) form a core that has been playing together since early childhood. Painting his emotions onto these songs with colourful and kinetic strokes, Hall moves through Cardinal’s eight songs with unforgettable energy and passion, with a vocal performance that is pleasantly reminiscent of Will Oldham and Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch. Highlighted by the downtrodden nostalgia of twangy opener ‘Old Friends’ and the climactic refrain of ‘Size of the Moon,’ where the confession “I don’t know what I’m afraid of,” is just as much of a sing-a-long as it is an emotional breakdown, moods don’t stay in one place for very long on Cardinal – they are carefully crafted and revisited throughout to continually evoke the album’s central themes of memory, language, and home.
2CD – Double CD Version with a bonus 5 track CD and signed by Evan.
LP – With Bonus 5 Track CD and signed by Evan.
Tape – No extras.


Recalling the rhythm of Brian Jones Town Massacre, the unrelenting drive of Savages and the vocal warble of The Cramps, Crows debut EP, ‘Unwelcome Light’, sees the band at their most frenetic and offers an insight into the intensity and darkness the band produce.


Northern California native Chelsea Wolfe’s sound is best described with broad strokes: elemental, intense, radiant, ancient yet modern, intimate yet expansive, dark and sparkling. Hues of black metal and deep blues inform her ever-evolving electric folk — a warm force that wraps itself around the listener, encouraging uplift, seeking triumph. Her voice similarly haunts and soothes, with words that illuminate life’s darker corners in order to reveal the unlikely truth and beauty hidden within. In a way, Wolfe is on a journey to the surface of her own music. 2012 finds releasing her first acoustic emanation on Sargent House, titled Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs.The experience is a secret shared, a side of our heroine rarely seen or heard, and the making was as intimate as it gets: recorded in the woods of Northern California and at Wolfe’s L.A. home, co-produced by her bandmate Ben Chisholm, with players Ezra Buchla of Gowns (viola), Andrea Calderón of Corima (violin) and Daniel Denton of Gothic Tropic (bass).

Over the weekend we learned that Natasha Khan’s mysterious game of hangman was not teasing a new Bat For Lashes album but an entirely new band called Sexwitch. The group, a collaboration between Khan, the band Toy, and Dan Carey, made their live debut with a loud, aggressive set Saturday at the Green Man Festival in Wales. Today they’ve announced details of their self-titled debut album, which is out a month from now. Lead single “Helelyos” is a dark-tinged Middle Eastern groove, its haunting melodies fleecing a propulsive bass and percussion groove. Khan’s vocal performance is breathy and understated, finally spinning into an unchained wail when she exclaims, “Our dark girls are setting fire to our souls!”Sexwitch is out 25th September on The Echo Label Limited.  Sexwitch plays London’s XOYO on 29th September

Green Man Festival 2015

“Laura”, taken from Bat For Lashes’ album The Haunted Man  It was the third Bat for Lashes album,  released in October 2012 in the UK. The lead single, “Laura”, was released in July that year.

Natasha Khan better known by her stage name Bat for Lashes, is an English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist she has directed a 15-minute short as part of a new anthology film called “Madly”.

Presented by MTV World, Madly is “six stories of modern love in all of its dizzying, sweet complications,” each directed by a different person. Khan’s short is called “I Do”.

In addition to Khan’s contribution, Madly will also feature films by Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Amores Perros), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Maps to the Stars), and more.

It’s about a bride, the morning of her wedding, being disturbed by subterranean weird feelings, message and signs. On the way to her wedding, something really crazy happens, and you’re left wondering whether she’s gonna go through with it. It’s all about redemption of grief, putting ghosts to bed before you can move into a fully committed relationship. It’s very countryside, weird, English, surreal. I love directing. I worked with a brilliant DAP, Chloe Thomason—we had quite a strong female contingent, actually. She was my cinematographer, so we spent week beforehand sharing my favorite films, making storyboards, image boards, talking about color, types of light, composition of shots. I’ve been drawing a lot recently, I love the visual thing. It was really nice to have a collaborator again on that level. Directing actors was incredible. I think because of all the singing I do, it’s very much about being in your body and feeling things, so I felt like we had a good basis of understanding, ability to talk about nuances of performance. It was very whirlwind and I was worried I hadn’t got everything I needed, but then in the editing process—like an album—things just shine. Abi Fry, who played viola in the first Bat for Lashes band, she did the majority of the soundtrack. It was really nice to hand that over to someone. I did some synth drones but she was brilliant, she’s got beautiful pieces in the film. I can’t wait to direct a feature film, I really want to do it.

Khan will release her new album a project titled Sexwitch  a collaboration with the rock band Toy and producer Dan Carey. in September. During a surprise Green Man Festival set in Wales on 22nd August, she debuted the music project , two days later, it was announced that Sexwitch’s eponymous debut album will be released on 25th September 2015 by Echo and BMG, consisting of six covers of 1970s psychedelic and folk songs from different parts of the world. On the same day, Khan has said that she had written most of the fourth Bat for Lashes album and hoped it would be released in 2016; she stated that it is “thematically linked” to the feature film she is writing.