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Last year, Natasha Khan released her fifth album as Bat For Lashes — the gorgeous ’80s nostalgia fever dream Lost Girls. She toured a bit behind it through the fall, and some shows featured covers that felt like they were the spiritual forebears to the world Khan was trying to create on the album. There was her take on Cyndi Lauper’s version of “I Drove All Night,” a not-so-surprising cover of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work,” and a perhaps-more-surprising cover of Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer.”

The latter has now received an official release, by way of a live EP Bat For Lashes quietly let out into the world today. The recording is taken from her set at EartH, the Evolutionary Arts Hackney theater in London, last November. This was a spare, stripped back set, and the EP also features introspective, intimate readings of Lost Girls highlights “Desert Man” and “The Hunger,” as well as perennial Bat For Lashes favorite “Daniel.”

Khan’s interpretation of “The Boys Of Summer” is similarly sparse. Gone is the iconic drumbeat, and the song’s desert highway pulse. Instead, key melodic elements and synth parts are reproduced in an airy epilogue-type take on the song that amplifies the yearning and desperation of the track. While it would’ve been fun to hear a Bat For Lashes version that was as blown-out as the original, this iteration makes sense not just in the context of Khan’s EartH show but also the Lost Girls era — she renders it like a fading dream, drawing out beautiful aspects of the song you might not have known were there.

Khan’s interpretation of “The Boys Of Summer” is similarly sparse. Gone is the iconic drumbeat, and the song’s desert highway pulse. Instead, key melodic elements and synth parts are reproduced in an airy epilogue-type take on the song that amplifies the yearning and desperation of the track. While it would’ve been fun to hear a Bat For Lashes version that was as blown-out as the original, this iteration makes sense not just in the context of Khan’s EartH show but also the Lost Girls era — she renders it like a fading dream, drawing out beautiful aspects of the song you might not have known were there.

Live at EartH, London, 2019 · Bat For Lashes license to AWAL Recordings Ltd

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.”

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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?”).

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

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“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.