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Bat for Lashes has returned (as promised) with the first cut from her newly announced fifth studio album, Lost Girls, out Sept. 6 via AWAL Recordings.
Guided by layers of hypnotic synth, “Kids in the Dark” finds Natasha Khan’s lush vocals twisting and twirling around a kinked backbeat and swelling keyboards. The ballad plays out like the score for a prom scene in an ‘80s film, fashioned from pots of glitter and the shiny dress shoes of lovestruck teenagers.
“Lying next to you / We could be on the moon,” she croons in a heartsick stupor. “Tell me you’re not leaving.”
The track sets the scene for the parallel universe Khan fabricated for Lost Girls, a dreamlike world rife with female energy and populated by roaming gangs of female bikers, and finds Khan toying with the elusive Nikki Pink character she teased in a series of Instagram videos last week.
Per a press release, Lost Girls is widescreen in scope, bursting with Technicolor intensity and an album for jumping off bridges with vampires.
Lost Girls will arrive on Sept. 6 and is available for preorder here. You can check out the new single, and the album’s artwork and tracklist below, and revisit our 2012 chat with the musician here.
Lost Girls Tracklist:
01. Kids In The Dark
02. The Hunger
03. Feel For You
04. Desert Man
07. So Good
08. Safe Tonight
09. Peach Sky
Lost Girls Artwork: