The self-titled debut album is a six-song collection of world psych and folk music from the ’70s. The songs originate from Iran, Morocco, Thailand and the USA.
The band had already previewed the album with ‘Helelyos’ and ‘Ha Howa Ha Howa’. Preview the full album before its release on September 25 in the stream below, via The Guardian:
Speaking to Pitchfork about the project, Khan said that the group “learned the songs in a day and recorded them in a day. Each song was one take.”
Of the band’s name, she added: “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 some very magical and dark and feminine archetypal force about it.”
Natasha Khan also confirmed that the next Bat For Lashes record is nearly finished and will be “out in the spring”.
“It’s a big undertaking because thematically it’s very linked to a feature [film] that I’m writing at the moment,” she said.
“It has a story and I’m really excited! It’s going to be really good. But because I’ve done this, I feel like I might do a few more sessions and play some of the songs live a bit more, incorporate that into the recording — I haven’t done the final stage of recording yet. “
The album’s tracklisting is below, alongside details of the origin of each song:
‘Ghoroobaa Ghashangan’ (Iran)
‘Ha Howa Ha Howa’ (Morocco)
‘Kassidat El Hakka’ (Morocco)
‘War In Peace’ (U.S.A)
‘Lam Plearn Kiew Bao’ (Thailand)