Natasha Khan announces Bat for Lashes side project, Sexwitch

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Bat For Lashes has been teasing new music over the past week, and Natasha Khan has finally announced the nature of that music. It’s not a proper Bat for Lashes album, but a new project called Sexwitch, which finds her collaborating with the band TOY, on a set of covers of psychedelic rock songs from around the globe. The album is out Sept. 25 via Echo/BMG.

Khan spoke to Pitchfork about the new project, and explains the peculiar name: “When we were recording it, every time I’d do funny sex noises, me and Dan said, we’re being sexy witches. It’s a bit tongue in cheek, we’re not trying to be super cool, but I think it’s memorable. There is something very magical and dark and feminine archetypal force about it. Also, when I was singing—and this sounds ridiculous—it did feel like I was channeling some sort of ancestral feelings about witches. I kept feeling witch spirits and people that had been burned and repressed and pushed down.”

In the same interview, Khan also says that her follow-up to 2012’s The Haunted Man is expected to be released in spring 2016.

Listen to new track “Helelyos” below and check out the tracklist.

Sexwitch tracklist:

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)

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