A homage to 80s cinema that feels completely timeless...

Bat For Lashes (born Natasha Khan) creates music which is individual, slightly surreal and highly imaginative. Bat For Lashes is known for being expressive. Her music accompanies movie scenes playing inside her mind. Her musicianship has earned her two Ivor Novello awards, and three Mercury Prize nominations. Her latest album ‘Lost Girls’ follows 2016’s concept album, ‘The Bride’ which received praise for its originality.

Her fifth record was inspired by several changes in Khan’s life, such as completing a record deal and moving from London to L.A. The idea for ‘Lost Girls’ came from developing a film idea about a vampire girl-gang and thinking about the 80’s films she grew up with.

Working with writer and producer Charles Scott IV, she crafted the album nocturnally, with a private, insular process.

‘Kids In The Dark’, the lead single to be taken from the album, is a gauzy power ballad- which was actually written in a day despite its dreamy nature. It’s a romantic song and Bat For Lashes’ vocals sound wonderfully haunting. You almost forget everything else around you (“Lying next to you/We could be on the moon”). Writing it made Khan realise that "living in LA, driving around in these peachy sunsets, falling in love, being in the car at night, winding the windows down, all the hot air and the neon, the mountains – all this stuff was permeating my consciousness, and making the most romantic impression."

‘The Hunger’ is synth-heavy and mesmerizing. It continues that romantic notion and there is a sense of urgency to the song. It is a powerful, mystical anthem. About crafting the track, Khan said, “There's nothing like this feeling of translating something that's in your DNA, part of who you are energetically, coming out in music. Like it matches a thumbprint inside of you."

Her latest single,’Desert Man’ is uplifting, while conveying Khan’s heartbreak (“Love is a nowhere land”). The breathy vocals are a joy to listen to. ‘So Good’ uses Middle Eastern synth patterns whilst sounding like a traditional pop song (“Why does it hurt so good?”).

Despite being heavily influenced by the 80’s, ‘Lost Girls’ has a timeless feel and is sonically pleasing. 

7/10

Words: Narzra Ahmed

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