Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes has spent the last few days playing a game of hangman with her social media followers. Many assumed the game would end up revealing the title of her next record. Instead, it turns out that the word, Sexwitch, is actually the name of Khan’s new collaborative project with English indie-psych outfit TOY and producer Dan Carey.
The band’s self-titled debut will arrive on September 25th via Echo/BMG. According to Pitchfork, the album consists of six covers of 1970s-era psych and folk songs from around the work. “Helelyos”, originating from Iran, serves as the lead single and can be streamed below.
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)
Carey served as producer on Bat For Lashes’ 2012 record, A Haunted Man, and all three previously recorded the song “The Bride” for the Zendooni: Funk, Psychedelia And Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation compilation Carey’s label Speedy Wunderground put out in 2013. It seems that would-be one-off collaboration has grown into a full fledged musical project.
Sexwitch made their live debut on Saturday at Wales’ Green Man Festival, where they played a number of songs, including “The Bride”. Below, watch fan-shot footage of the performance, as well as Bat for Lashes’ Instagram post announcing the project, which also features new music.