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Bat for Lashes Announces Sexwitch Project, Shares ‘Helelyos’

Bat for Lashes‘ Natasha Khan has been teasing fans over the past week with a game of hangman on her Instagram account and this weekend, she finally revealed the resulting word, Sexwitch. Turns out that rather than just a new album, this is the name of a whole new project entirely. The group, which also consists of the British psych band TOY and producer Dan Carey, played a surprise set at Green Man Festival and revealed in an interview with Pitchfork that they’ll be releasing a self-titled album on September 25.

According to that interview, the LP will consist of a series of covers of psych and folk songs from Thailand, Morocco, and Iran that Khan and Carey uncovered on some record store deep dives. The record will also include a version of Skip Spence’s “War in Peace.” Check out the whole track list below, alongside the record’s first single “Helelyos,” which is perhaps both the most fluid and most boisterous thing Khan’s been involved with to date, right here.

Sexwitch track list:

1. “Ghoroobaa Ghashangan” (Iran)
2. “Ha Howa Ha Howa” (Morocco)
3. “Helelyos” (Iran)
4. “Kassidat El Hakka” (Morocco)
5. “War In Peace” (U.S.A)
6. “Lam Plearn Kiew Bao” (Thailand)