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Bat for Lashes and TOY Remake Iranian Pop With ‘The Bride’

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Bat for Lashes has teamed with the psych outfit TOY to record “The Bride,” an English reworking of Iranian song “Aroos Khanom.” Originally by Amir Rassaei, the song appeared on 1970s-focused compilation Zendooni: Funk, Psychedelia and Pop from the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation. On July 1, Speedy Wunderground, the new record label run by producer Dan Carey (Franz Ferdinand, Django Django, Chairlift), will release “The Bride” in a limited 7-inch pressing of 250 copies. 

According to the label’s “manifesto,” all of Speedy Wunderground’s singles are recorded live in one day, in a dark studio filled with smoke and lasers, and every one of the them features the Swarmatron. This latest track was no different: Natasha Khan and TOY finished the entire recording process in just five hours in Carey’s smoky, laser-lit South London studio. “The Bride” is the third release from Speedy Wunderground, which puts out new songs every other month. A compilation collecting all of the company’s material will see a release at the end of the year. 

A dub version of “The Bride,” titled “Here Comes Dub Bride,” will serve as the B-side for the July 1 vinyl. For now, check out the bewitching, piano-plinked A-side below.