The moniker Sexwitch has slowly been revealed in a game of hangman over the past week, and last night the new group performed a selection of songs for the first time on the Green Man Festival’s Far Out Stage.
According to Italian music website Sentire Ascoltare, the group played a total of seven songs including ‘The Bride’, ‘Ho Howa’ and ‘Ghorooba’, snippets of which are available to watch below. Pitchfork also reports song titles including ‘Kassida’, ‘Helelyos’ and ‘Lam Plearn’.
The origin of Sexwitch appears to be in ‘The Bride’, Toy and Bat For Lashes’ collaboration from 2013, released on Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label.
Carey, who has previously worked with Franz Ferdinand and Hot Chip, was working on new material with Toy when they became attracted to the song, which appears on the compilation album ‘Funk, Psychedelia And Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation’. Natasha Khan was recruited to provide vocals and also reworked the lyrics after having them translated from Iranian to English.
In keeping with the Speedy Wunderground manifesto, ‘The Bride’ was recorded at Dan Carey’s south London studio in under 24 hours – in fact, it was the label’s swiftest recording yet, taking just five hours to complete.