Natasha Khan aka Bat for Lashes dropped hints of forthcoming material last week across Instagram and Twitter, sharing clips of a of hangman that featured snippets of new music. Since, she debuted some of this material at a surprise performance at Green Man Festival in Wales on Saturday (22nd August). And now we know the full story: it's from a forthcoming project that goes by the name Sexwitch, including Khan herself, previous collaborator TOY, and producer Dan Carey. An eponymous six-track release featuring cover versions of songs from around the world will be arriving on 25th September via Sony/BMG, on which date they'll also be playing a show at XOYO, London.

Asked about the origins of the project, she explained in an interview with Pitchfork:

"One day, [Dan Carey] called me up and asked if I wanted to go record shopping. So we did, and picked out loads of old weird psych records from different countries, strange folk mountain songs, and took home seven or 10 of them. We got back and played through all of them and some of them we were like, oh my god, this is so badass—really tough, amazing rhythms. […] We thought, let’s get TOY in and put it all down to tape. They learned the songs in a day and recorded them in a day. Each song was one take."

We haven't really heard from Bat for Lashes since one of her tracks appeared on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, but now we have the first track to be taken from Sexwitch's self-titled debut. It's called 'Helelyos' and it's originally from pre-1979 Iran; listen to its sharp grooves and Khan's psychedelic vocals below.

You can pre-order Sexwitch here.

  • 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)